North Carolina Regional Breastfeeding Coalitions
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Central NC Breastfeeding Coalition:
Mission Statement: “The Central North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition is a partnership of health professionals and public health representatives whose mission is to identify and reduce barriers to breastfeeding through education, advocacy, outreach, and collaboration.”
This coalition is open to all area breastfeeding supporters.
[Note: Current members include Piedmont Health Services WIC nutritionists and breastfeeding peer counselors (serving Chatham and Orange County clients); Orange County Health Department providers (RDs, RNs, other providers), UNC hospital IBCLCs and RNs, WIC regional breastfeeding coordinator/IBCLC, health agency staff at Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham.]
Contact: Melba Camel email@example.com
Breastfeeding Coalition of Cumberland County
The Mission of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Cumberland County is to Promote, Protect and Support breastfeeding through a cooperative network of individuals, agencies, and organizations in Cumberland County.
Meetings are open to any breastfeeding supporter and are held on the second Tuesday of every odd numbered month.
Contact: Leigh Bailey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Harnett, Johnston, and Sampson Community Breastfeeding Coalition:
Purpose: “Connecting mothers with local resources in our community.”
Has developed a Local Breastfeeding Resources brochure for the 3 respective counties.
This newly formed coalition met for the first time in January 2015 and was attended by health care providers of Harnett, Johnston, and Sampson counties, including WIC peer counselors and nutritionists, a pediatrician, 2 WIC regional breastfeeding coordinators/IBCLCs, and a hospital RN IBCLC.
Contact: Mary Trybuskiewicz email@example.com
Wake County Human Services’ Northern Regional Center (NRC) Breastfeeding Support Group: Liquid Gold
Mission Statement: The NRC Breastfeeding Support Group (BFSG) is dedicated to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding through education, outreach and advocacy to improve the health and well-being of infants, young children, and their families.
Contact: Shveta Patel Shveta.Patel@wakegov.com
The Guilford County Breastfeeding Alliance
The Guilford County Breastfeeding Alliance is a group of local professionals dedicated to helping breastfeeding mothers with each step in their decision. The Alliance strives to promote breastfeeding in the area by connecting with fellow breastfeeding advocates, sharing resources, and building bridges with other healthcare providers. This year we will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with our World Breastfeeding Week Extravaganza on August 6, 2015 at the Women’s Hospital in Greensboro. Starting with a very successful celebration in 2014, we plan to make this an annual event, hosting OB/GYN and pediatric office staff with a luncheon and panel discussions. This year, staying with the theme, “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work” with panel discussions, one composed of physicians and the other breastfeeding mothers who have gone back to work and continued to nurse. We will be focusing on the working women’s right to breastfeed and true stories on how to make that happen. In keeping with WABA’s objective of “engaging” we also hope to select breastfeeding champions in the various offices who can be the “go to” person when breastfeeding concerns arise.
Contact: Barb Carder, RN Barb.Carder@cornerstonehealthcare.com
Tri-County Breastfeeding Coalition
Founded under the name “Best Fed Beginnings” this group of health care professionals and community partners has been actively promoting breastfeeding since the 1990’s. Renamed Tri-County Breastfeeding Coalition in 2005, our mission is to promote and support breastfeeding as the norm for moms and babies in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. Quarterly meetings are held in Wilmington.
Contact: Lindsey Hurd firstname.lastname@example.org
Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance (TBA)
The Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance (TBA) is a 501(c)(3) organization working to increase education and networking for those who provide care to breastfeeding families. The mission is to increase the number of mothers who achieve their personal breastfeeding goals and their satisfaction with the care and support they receive. TBA has an open meeting at the WakeMed Andrews Conference Center in Raleigh on the first Tuesday of each month from 1-3 PM. Members include International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, breastfeeding educators, a local family practice physician, nurses, nutritionists, dieticians, chiropractors and volunteers from community-based breastfeeding support groups. There is an annual one-day regional conference that reaches 200 participants with scholarships available. The website is widely accessed with current research, news, listings of educational opportunities and job openings. TBA also has created a prenatal breastfeeding booklet in English and Spanish accessed via free download at www.ncbta.org. Contact: Mary Overfield <email@example.com>