Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County

Vision Statement:  Breastfeeding is supported in all environments to promote optimal health and development

Mission Statement:  To promote, protect and support breastfeeding for all women in Calhoun County

Focus areas:  Provide support, education & resources for breastfeeding women; normalize breastfeeding in Calhoun County; strengthening the coalition


Goals 2018: 

  1. Continued partnership and support of MIBFN 310 Connect Projects
    1. Host and plan with MIBFN, the June 5, 2018 “You are an Important Piece of the Puzzle” breastfeeding training, from 8:30-3:00 p.m. at Kool Family Community Center.  Audience: providers and staff, nurses, lactation professionals midwives, doulas, WIC staff, home visitors, breastfeeding supporters, community breastfeeding advocates and community leaders
    2. Identifying partner data collection processes for initiation, duration and exclusivity
  2. Breastfeeding Pump Loaner program on-going
  3. Update Breastfeeding Coalition Resource Directory as needed
  4. Highlight, support and promote Michigan Breastfeeding Awareness Month Activities in August
    1. Coordinate Big Latch On 2018, target 50 mothers and babies
    2. Calhoun County Fair presence, using tabletop display
  5. Employers
    1. Highlight breastfeeding friendly employers during Breastfeeding Awareness month in media
    2. Work with employers to apply for Breastfeeding Support Awards program
    3. Provide one-on-one counseling and support to worksites seeking assistance in creating breastfeeding friendly worksites
    4. Develop a strategy for supporting the creation and inclusion of breastfeeding friendly worksites in workplace wellness plans
  6. Host a retreat for Coalition members
  7. Expansion of breastfeeding supports at childcare centers
Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County

2017 Accomplishments:

  1. Strategy:  Develop Breastfeeding Clubs targeting African American women, teens and breastfeeding mothers. 
    1. Breastfeeding Club targeting African American breastfeeding mothers 
      1. Maintained Breastfeeding Coordinator position through August 2017
      2. Sistah to Sistah African American Breastfeeding Club meetings on-going, continuing monthly in Battle Creek
  2. Strategy: Expand availability of breastfeeding aids for breastfeeding mothers
    1. Breastfeeding Pump Loaner program on-going
  3. Strategy:  Highlight, support and promote Michigan Breastfeeding Awareness Month activities in August
    1. Sponsored and coordinated the Calhoun County Big Latch On 2017: 54 breastfeeding moms and babies latched on at the event
      1. August 14, 2017 submitted letter to BC Enquirer to give “roses” acknowledgment to 15 area businesses that donated to support the Big Latch On
    2. Breastfeeding Coalition Booth the Calhoun County Fair on Kids Day
      1. xxx Breastfeeding-Friendly Businesses Nominated as Breastfeeding Friendly
      2. Breastfeeding Resources & Materials Distributed to Community
  4. Strategy:  Expand breastfeeding coalition membership and increase sustainability
    1. In June 2017, hosted a facilitated retreat to further Coalition development and strategy, including revising the group’s vision and mission
  5. Strategy: Build capacity of the community and providers to support women and successfully increase the incidence, duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding and normalize it throughout the community  
    1. The BFCCC hosted a regional Michigan Breastfeeding Network meeting in September in Battle Creek at Grace Health
    2. Updated Calhoun County Breastfeeding Resource Guide, printed and distributed to partners
    3. Hosting a Lactation Counselor Certification and exam locally in April 2018.  As a result, a local training will be held, with over 20 attendees, many of them within Calhoun County, building the community’s capacity to support breastfeeding mothers.  Through this work, the Coalition receives 3 free registrations.
  6. Strategy: Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Policy Strategies and Environmental Supports. 
    1. Distributed worksite lactation support survey to area employers through the BC Chamber, April 2017
    2. Lunch-N-Learn for area employers hosted May 3, 2017 through the BC Chamber
    3. Packets created for employers utilizing MIBFN free materials, including sample lactation worksite policy
    4. One-on-one counseling and support offered to worksites to create breastfeeding friendly worksites
    5. Work with area breastfeeding friendly businesses to obtain recognition through the MIBFN Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace Awards program
  7. Partner and support MIBFN 310 Connect Projects
    1. Bronson Battle Creek Grand Rounds, October 17, 2017, with Dr. Paula Schreck “Why Breastfeeding? For Providers”.  Approximately 40 hospital staff in attendance
    2. November 15, 2017 “Connecting the Dots” training at Kool Family Community Center, over 50 people in attendance
    3. February 2018, developed and administered a survey targeting African American mothers to identify ways to best support African American breastfeeding women. 35 mother surveys completed
  8. Other Accomplishments.
    1. Partnering with 2 childcare centers to pilot breastfeeding supports at centers, including refrigerator, privacy screen and breastpump
    2. Alignment with Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) and State Initiatives that include free breastfeeding materials and webinar/training opportunities for Coalition members

Support, Education & Resources

  • Develop support groups (Breastfeeding Clubs) for African American and all breastfeeding mothers.
  • Expand availability of breastfeeding aids for breastfeeding mothers (creams, breast pumps, etc.)

Normalize Breastfeeding

  • Acknowledge those breastfeeding in public in the "Your're Busted" program.
  • Educate and acknowledge employers regarding the health benefits of breastfeeding.
  • Highlight, support and promote Michigan Breastfeeding Awareness Month activities in August.
    • Big Latch On
    • Breastfeeding educational booth at the Calhoun County Fair

Strengthen the Breastfeeding Coalition of Calhoun County

  • Expand breastfeeding coalition membership and increase sustainability.