Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition

Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition

The Capitol Area Breastfeeding Coalition is a team of breastfeeding professionals, LCs, RNs, La Leche League leaders and breastfeeding advocates in the Mid-Michigan / Lansing, Michigan area. This group formed to better serve and support breastfeeding mothers via education, advocacy and resource support.The goal is to increase the number and duration of women in the Lansing, Michigan area who initiate and continue exclusive breastfeeding through the recommended time period.

If you need breastfeeding support, education or help, click on our Capitol Area Breastfeeding Resources list. This list will help you locate breastfeeding support counselors, lactation consultants, free breastfeeding support via mother-to-mother support groups, online breastfeeding resources that have trusted, medically accurate information and more. You can find support and help for breastfeeding right here in Lansing or East Lansing and the surrounding communities of Grand Ledge, Holt, DeWitt, Williamston, Haslett and Okemos. This guide is available for download by doctor’s office, OB/GYN offices and other health care professionals to distribute to their patients.

Initiatives of the Coalition:

  • Improve the state of breastfeeding in Mid-Michigan by:
  • Working to support pending legislation that will make breastfeeding in public a mother’s civil right
  • Hosting breastfeeding and baby-friendly spaces at local festivals and events to offer mothers and children a place to relax, feed & gather
  • Developing a kit for doctors to educate their expecting patients about breastfeeding
  • Development of a statewide Breastfeeding Coalition web site that would distribute accurate information about local breastfeeding resources to parents who might search the web to find them
  • Foster a culture where all babies in Michigan are breastfed happily, successfully and with support.

Who should join the coalition:

Health professionals, community health advocates, breastfeeding advocates, activists, legislators, parents.

We meet monthly (see right for event calendar.) Meetings include dinner (and wine) and young children are welcome, please contact us via our Facebook page if you need childcare.

 

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June 23, 2015 CABC Meeting Minutes and Action Steps

June 23, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Attendance:  Lynn, Laura,  Diane, Amanda, Rose, Nicole and Elise, Pat, Krisanne

Welcome to new attendees– Amanda is a registered dietitian who works for the Association for Child Development; Nicole is a teacher and bf mom who is on the Willow Tree Board; and Krisanne is a bf mom who works for a pharmaceutical company, and dropped in to nurse.

1. List of referrals for tongue and lip tie revisions: this is needed, especially for low income and Medicaid-covered families. Action– Laura will work on a list.

2. Day care providers and breastfeeding–changes are proposed that will provide reimbursement for breastfed babies’ meals if the mother breastfeeds the baby on-site at the dc provider. See Laura’s article by Googling ILCA Lactation Matters.org. Article on USDA Food Program and Toddlers. Training for providers could include paced feedings and reasons for moms to bf at day care.

3. Friend of the Court —Letter sent to Judge Lawless from CABC supported the nurse-in, prompted by a mom asked to leave the court when she began to nurse her infant. Emily Wacs thanking her for positive response to the nurse-in. Diane received a call from the court administrator regarding a specific case, and requested CABC input regarding acceptable accommodations. Diane asked Tracie and Ann for input, and responded with ideas that might be considered, with an emphasis on accommodating the needs of the mom and baby, while recognizing the constraints of the court setting. If a mom does not have assistance to care for the baby, there may be resources to explore at Family Outreach Services, or Strong Start/Healthy Start. Pleased that court reached out to the Coalition to discuss.

4. MI Breastfeeding Network: posting for a new Executive Director has been put on the website.

  • June 18th webinar for local coalitions: This was recorded and will be put on the MI BFN website. Diane and Beth joined the webinar. 3 coalitions presented info:  Calhoun, Midland and Macomb. Ideas such as “You are busted” campaign to recognize and reinforce nursing moms, how coalitions get funding, membership, meeting activities, etc. included. Agreed that it will be great to get info from other coalitions.

 

  • Golf outing “Tee Off for Babes” is scheduled at Fenton Farms for August 7th at 9:00am. Registration is up on the MiBFN website http://www.mibreastfeeding.org/content/tee-babes. The Network is giving back to the local coalition $100 for every team that they register from the coalition and 1/2 of the sponsor money for anyone that the coalition gets as a sponsor. For instance, it cost $100 to sponsor a hole. If you get someone to sponsor that hole we will give the coalition $50 of that money. I’ll give you more information about the sponsor levels later. Discussion: Coalition has 3 who will volunteer to be a team: Mary, Tracie, and Stephanie. Need one more. Stephanie will coordinate. Golf clubs needed. Diane has offered to donate $75 to either help defray the team cost, or to go toward sponsoring a hole.  The Coalition needs to donate a gift for the prizes. Action–need a player for the CABC team– can be a friend, spouse, sister, mother, etc. Need donations for a gift item–Tracie will see if Dusty’s Cellar can donate a wine basket; otherwise, need volunteer to ask Old Town or other businesses to donate or to sponsor a hole. Diane will get donation of $ to Stephanie. Need updates from Tracie and Stephanie!

 

  • Local coalition support . Action– Tracie reported by email that Ingham may not be able to assist CABC with the $50 membership, as they are already a member. Will need another source of funding.

 

5.World Breastfeeding Week/Breastfeeding Month: 

  • Big Latch-On at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique on July 31 and August 1. Action–think about a fundraiser for CABC at the BIg Latch-On, possibly donating a portion of profits that day, having a raffle, or photographic services.
  • Lugnuts outing–Mary provided info on group outings at Lugnuts Nicole said that WIllow Tree is planning an outing in August–Nicole will check with Willow Tree and get in touch with Mary. Diane will let Mary know that the coalition supports this

 

6.Breastfeeding friendly businesses–website form is now live!  Visit  http://www.mibreastfedbaby.com/ to add a business. Action– Diane will modify and add Midland materials to the website. Lynn will create a draft window cling design for the next meeting. Lynn will talk with Old Town Business Association re: getting sign-up information to businesses.

 

7.Sparrow Breastfeeding Clinic–info is now on the on-line resource guide. Discussion and questions about whether the clinic will be collecting any feedback or data from clients who use the clinic. Action:  Beth or Mary–do you know if this is being done?

 

8.CABC display & banner— The new banner needs bungees for attaching to smaller tables. The Coalition also needs a table-top display, and will need fund-raising to pay for the display. Action–  Ann will check on pricing for a roll-up table-top display–could be $80-90.

 

9. EL Art Fair– Action– For next year, Diane will contact McLaren marketing department to ask if their first aid tent (sponsored by McLaren) in children’s area could include changing table and chairs for nursing.

 

10. Baby Cafe– email from Mary: Baby Cafécontinues to go well, we are going to be opening another site in collaboration with WIC as of July 16. The meetings will be held at the Health Department on Thursdays. Meeting time is still pending.

 11. Ingham County–Plan to start Baby Cafe July 16! Time TBD.

 

12. La Leche League- Leaders received emails from ACLU, asking for support for breastfeeding accommodations for nursing moms who are taking the Bar Exam. LLL does not give this type of support, but Laura will ask the ACLU to contact Diane, and the Coalition will then be able to sign on to a support letter. Action– respond to ACLU request when received.

The LLL conference in Charlotte at ALIVE was very good and the accommodations were great.  Keep in mind as a good venue for meetings.

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13.CABC Fundraising– wishlist for funds includes:

  • Table top display
  • MiBFN membership–$50
  • Gift bags, supplies and materials,
  • Car window clings, “I breastfeed anywhere”
  • Baby cafe and other BF support group needs
  • License to breastfeed cards– printing and laminating

 

Ideas for fundraising discussed included a fundraiser at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, and asking area businesses to support. Action–Krisanne will send Lynn a template letter for requesting donations, as a model for us to develop one for the coalition. Lynn will think about a fundraiser for the Big Latch On.

 14. Volunteer list–suggest a list of “mother-size” jobs that could be done from home or a little at a time, such as Resource Guide checking (websites, phone numbers), asking businesses if they will display window clings, delivering window clings.

 

Other Action Items: If you have clean plastic silverware from take-out restaurants, please bring it to a coalition meeting/potluck– thanks!

 

Next Meeting:  Monday, July 27, 5:30 – 7:30.  Lynn will send out minutes and Diane will post on CABC Facebook page.

May 18 CABC Meeting Minutes and Action Steps

Attendance:  Lynn, Laura, Tracie, Ann, Diane, Mary, Miranda, Stephanie

Friend of the Court Nurse-In–CABC supported the nurse-in, prompted by a mom asked to leave the court when she began to nurse her infant. Emily Wacsyk created a Facebook event and set a date, checked out the facility, made signs, and encouraged moms to come with their babies. Ann Siegle worked with media contacts and provided information about the need for exclusively breastfed infants to be with their mothers. The CABC sent a letter to every Ingham County Commissioner and to the Friend of the Court Administrator.  The FOC responded that their actions were not in violation of the Ingham County resolution or state law. Day of the nurse-in was warm and sunny– at least a dozen moms showed up at the court building.  Press coverage from local TV, Lansing State Journal, Detroit Free Press, with follow-up on Detroit TV, and international coverage. Judge Janelle Lawless apologized to the mom who was asked to leave the court. Ingham County Health Department will provide follow-up employee training. Action– Diane will draft letter to Judge Lawless to express the Coalition’s appreciation for the positive response and commitment to staff training, and the accommodations during the nurse-in. Lynn, Laura, Tracie, and Ann will review a draft.

Breastfeeding Network– Email update from Beth: MiBFN has 2 new contract employees who are helping with managing a project and also some media/website data collection needs. One of the positions is a paid internship. We will be posting for a new Executive Director and there should be information on our website about it soon.

June 18th at 12 – 1 p.m. we are hosting a webinar for all the local coalitions. There will be a presentation by 3 of the coalitions followed by a question/answer sharing from everyone. It will also be a platform for the Network to let everyone know what we have planned to support the local coalitions. We will send out the link to someone from all the coalitions that can be distributed to our group. There is no cost and coalition members can link in from their home. Action–Only one line per coalition. Diane plans to call in– if anyone else would like to, we could meet somewhere to call-in together.  Let Diane know. drevitte@gmail.com

 

Golf outing “Tee Off for Babes” is scheduled at Fenton Farms for August 7th at 9:00am. Registration is up on the MiBFN website http://www.mibreastfeeding.org/content/tee-babes. The Network is giving back to the local coalition $100 for every team that they register from the coalition and 1/2 of the sponsor money for anyone that the coalition gets as a sponsor. For instance, it cost $100 to sponsor a hole. If you get someone to sponsor that hole we will give the coalition $50 of that money. I’ll give you more information about the sponsor levels later. Discussion: Coalition has 3 who will volunteer to be a team:  Mary, Tracie, and Stephanie. Need one more. Stephanie will coordinate. Golf clubs needed. Diane has offered to donate $75 to either help defray the team cost, or to go toward sponsoring a hole.  The Coalition needs to donate a gift for the prizes. Action–need a player for the CABC team.Need donations for a gift item–Tracie will see if Dusty’s Cellar can donate a wine basket; otherwise, need volunteer to ask Old Town or other businesses to donate or to sponsor a hole. Diane will get donation of $ to Stephanie.

 

Local coalition support– more info coming. Coalitions will be able to become members of the Michigan BF Network, with $50.00 annual dues.  This will give coalitions access to speakers for events and trainings, webinars, website, exposure, and connections with other coalitions. Hopefully, this may also help our CABC coalition to be able to function as a non-profit and fund-raise, with the Michigan BFN umbrella. Action– Tracie will check on whether Ingham County HD can fund the $50 annual membership fee.

 

World Breastfeeding Week/Breastfeeding Month:  Lynn will host the Big Latch-On at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique on July 31 and August 1. Mary will check on group outings at a Lugnuts Game in August to celebrate Breastfeeding Week.  Action: Mary to check with Lugnuts.

Breastfeeding friendly businesses–website form is now live!  Visit  http://www.mibreastfedbaby.com/ to view.Ann added this to the website, so businesses can  sign-up to be listed as breastfeeding friendly. Diane shared material from Midland Breastfeeding Coalition and their forms and materials. Action– Ann will add the businesses that sign up to the website. ?  modify and add Midland materials to the website.

Sparrow Breastfeeding Friendly Reception–Very nice event to celebrate Sparrow Hospital’s achievement of Baby-Friendly status– refreshments, flowers, balloons, speakers, and lots of time for mingling.

Sparrow Breastfeeding Clinic–info to be added to resource guides: Sparrow Out Patient Breastfeeding Clinic is open twice a week on Tuesday and Fridays from noon until 5 p.m. It is located in the Sparrow Professional Building, opposite the main hospital.  A doctor and lactation consultant team help moms and babies that are having problems with breastfeeding.  Appointments are made by referral from mom’s or the baby’s primary healthcare provider. Action– Diane will add to website resource guide.

CABC display & banner— The new banner needs bungees for attaching to smaller tables.  The  Coalition also needs a table-top display, and will need fund-raising to pay for the display. Action–  Ann will check on pricing for a roll-up table-top display–could be $80-90.

EL Art Fair– Ann communicated with the pastor at Martin Luther Chapel; Diane and Ann put together a tote bag with a nursing shawl made by Ann, a booby beanie, and some baby shampoo, along with email sign-up to win, and copies of the CABC Resource Guide. Three moms signed up, and the winner was drawn by Miranda. Action– For next year, Diane will contact McLaren marketing department to ask if their first aid tent (sponsored by McLaren) in children’s area could include changing table and chairs for nursing.

Baby Cafe– Will have a display during the Healthy Mothers/Health Babies Conference June 2-3. Register for conference at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site. Possible Baby Cafe panel at a future WIC Conference, as many WIC staff across the state were not familiar with Baby Cafe.

Ingham County- Continuing to take steps to host Baby Cafe–has funding for a sofa.

La Leche League- no new updates

Physician comments regarding breastmilk sufficiency past 6 months. Discussion re: physicians who have told moms that they need to supplement at 6 months or add solids.

Getting more BF moms involved in Coalition: Ann raised this question…more discussion needed. Many bf moms are not always able to get to an evening meeting. Many are active on facebook and able to volunteer for certain events, which is great.

CABC Fundraising– several topics discussed for fundraising to meet some CABC needs, such as 1) table top display 2)MiBFN membership 3)gift bags, supplies and materials, 4)Car window clings, “I breastfeed anywhere”  5)Baby cafe and other BF support group needs

Ideas for fundraising discussed included a fundraiser at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique,

Other Action Items:

Put CABC minutes on the Mibreastbaby.com website– Diane

Create and put Action List on the Website–?

Create and put Volunteer list on the website–?

 

Next Meeting:  Lynn will send out an email and Diane will post on CABC Facebook page.

Items needed– donate to area breastfeeding support programs

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The Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition requests donations of items greatly needed by area breastfeeding support programs.

  • Drinking water in 8-10 ounce bottles (not Nestle Brand)
  • Paper towels*
  • Toilet paper*
  • Pump hand soap* and hand sanitizer
  • “Kleenex” or other brand,  facial tissues
  • Small paper plates
  • Small paper napkins
  • Kuerig K cups (assorted)—coffee, mocha, hot chocolate, tea, latte, decaf coffee
  • Disposable coffee cups with lids (8-12 oz size)
  • Gift cards to Meijer, Kroger, Babies R Us—for purchase of supplies as needed
  • New or gently used, washable quiet toys for infants and toddlers, story books
  • Donation towards purchase of handouts for moms and reference books for loan

 *These items will be used to restock facilities where support meetings are held.

 If you are able to donate any of these items, they may be dropped off at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, 1212 Turner St., Lansing or at the Ingham County Health Department WIC Clinic at 5303 South Cedar St., Lansing.

Thank you for helping support breastfeeding moms in our community!

Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act Signed

Free to Feed in Michigan (excerpt from the Michigan Breastfeeding Network Alert, June 30, 2014)

Mothers who nurse their children in public will be protected from discrimination and prosecution under bipartisan legislation signed into law on June 24 by Governor Rick Snyder.

The “Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act,” sponsored by state Sen. Rebekah Warren, gives women the right to nurse a child in any place that is open to the general public, including stores, restaurants and municipal buses.

Under the new anti-discrimination law, owners and operators cannot deny goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations to a woman simply because she is breastfeeding. They also cannot post signs prohibiting public nursing.

Companion legislation will ensure that nursing mothers cannot be charged under state laws prohibiting indecent exposure or disorderly conduct.

Thanks to all who worked to make this step in the normalization ofbreastfeeding in Michigan happen!

Breastfeeding Advocacy Day

Join the Michigan Breastfeeding Network on Wednesday, May 7 in Lansing for a Breastfeeding Advocacy Day.

What to Expect: Attendees will learn more about SB 674 and other legislation regarding breastfeeding, learn how to become an effective breastfeeding advocate, and meet with their state legislators.

Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Speaker’s Library, State Capitol building, Lansing

RSVP: Information on how to register will be available later this month. Watch for the announcement in The Michigan Breastfeeding Network newsletter and on their website, Facebook and Twitter. mibreastfeeding.org

Michigan Breastfeeding Network Announces Shannon Polk as its inaugural Executive Director

“Michigan Breastfeeding Network is poised to shape the conversation on breastfeeding in our state.  The appointment of Shannon Polk as our executive director allows us to take a giant step forward.  With Shannon’s expertise and creativity, I am confident MIBFN will emerge as the leader in the promotion of breast milk as the first food for all Michigan babies,” said Paula K. Schreck, MD, IBCL, Michigan Breastfeeding Network Vice -Chair.
Shannon Polk is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Juris Doctorate. In 2008, she was named as one of Genesee County’s “top 40 under 40” in Your Magazine. Prior to joining MIBFN, she started a nonprofit consulting firm, Leadership Solutions, LLC.

Presently, Polk serves on the Council of Foundations Next Gen Task Force and the National Philanthropy Committee of The Links, Inc. She created the Passing the Leadership Baton workshop that is now embedded at the Council of Michigan Foundations. As the founding co-chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy-Michigan Chapter and a 2009-2010 Connecting Leaders Fellow with the Association of Black Foundation Executives, she has served Michigan’s philanthropic community in various leadership positions. Polk most recently served as an associate program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

 

“As the working mother of a 9-month-old daughter, I am personally invested in improving the health of Michigan’s youngest citizens and helping employers, policymakers, and families understand the importance of breast milk as a first food.  At the Michigan Breastfeeding Network, we believe that breastfeeding is a public health issue and I am excited to lead the Network as we promote the importance of breastfeeding and build partnerships around the state,” said Shannon Polk.

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has been in existence since 1998, it had operated on a limited volunteer basis. Grant funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan will help create an infrastructure to enhance coordination and collaboration of information, support, advocacy and research-based initiatives designed to improve community support for breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding rates in Michigan mirror, but remain slightly below national rates,” said Alice Christensen, BSN, IBCLC, Michigan Breastfeeding Network Chair.  “We are pleased to work with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the grant funds we received have allowed us to hire Shannon, build infrastructure and build programs to support breastfeeding here in Michigan.”

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network activities align with 2011 United States Surgeon General’s Call to Action of supporting mothers and babies who are breastfeeding. The goal of the Call to Action is to increase the pubic health impact of everyone’s efforts, reduce inequalities in the quality of health care that mothers and babies receive, and improve the support that families receive in employment and community settings.

For more information about the Michigan Breastfeeding Network, visit online at www.mibfnetwork.org or on Twitter @mibfnetwork or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mibfnetwork .

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