To improve the health and well-being of infants and families in Oklahoma through
education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding
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Model Hospital Policy for Breastfeeding

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A partnership of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates, the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Initiative seeks to recognize work sites that support a woman’s right to breastfeed.

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To promote a philosophy of maternal infant care that advocates breastfeeding and supports the normal physiological functions involved in the establishment of this maternal-infant process. To assist families choosing to breastfeed, with initiating and developing a successful and satisfying experience. 

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Coalition membership is open to anyone who wishes to improve breastfeeding rates in Oklahoma and make this a more breastfeeding friendly state. Becoming a member is easy and FREE.

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COBA shines in a report issued June 17 by Public Citizen, "Successful Initiatives to Limit Formula Marketing in Health Care Facilities". Page 12 of the report describes our strategy of collaborating with Oklahoma State Department of Health to inform hospital staff, maintain a public list of bag-banning hospitals, and issue periodic press releases. More than half of Oklahoma maternity hospitals are now bag-free (see "Congratulations" above)!
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Coalition members may sign up with the United States Breastfeeding Committee for bimonthly CDC-sponsored webinars on breastfeeding advocacy topics of national importance and regional conference calls for learning and collaboration. Look for notices in your email, or write to

​A rolling list of INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES related to maternal health, birth, and breastfeeding is now being maintained by Lamaze International.​​

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A new resource from the HHS Office on Women's Health, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, went live on June 23! It was launched at SHRM's annual conference by Oklahoma native Cathy Carothers and colleagues on June 22-25 in Orlando, FL before about 25,000 business managers from across the country.
The National Breastfeeding Center announces that it has published a SCORECARD of how well major insurance companies are following through on the breastfeeding support provisions of the Affordable Care Act. See how yours compares and read why! 

Remaining 2014 dates for the "Making Breastfeeding Easier" class for health care providers on the basics of breastfeeding support are July 17 and October 13.  The one-day class, approved for 7.5 nursing contact hours, takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is offered without cost by the Oklahoma Hospital Breastfeeding Project of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. For details and to register staff from your facility, contact Becky Mannel at
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In "Teach Me How to Breastfeed", California IBCLC TaNefer Lumukanda packs volumes of important breastfeeding concepts and support into 3 minutes of catchy rap music. Download at Vimeo or write to COBA at for an mp4 file.
The Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Association announces its 2014 OKLCA Conference August 23, 2014, 8:00 am - 3:45 pm at Samis Family Education Center, Children’s Hospital, Oklahoma City. Register now! The program will include:
  • Becky Mannel, BS, IBCLC, FILCA discussing the state of the state update - breastfeeding in Oklahoma
  • Michale Fetzik, BSN, Myofunctional Therapist: assessing, treating, navigating pre and post treatment of tongue tie.
  • Raja Nandyal, MD: Late preterm infants' breastfeeding and nutritional challenges
  • Alexander Quaas, MD, Ph.D: effects of PCOS/ hyper-and hypothyroidism, infertility and obesity on lactation
A milestone in maternity care has been reached in Oklahoma!  Half of the hospitals where Oklahomans give birth are "bag free"! This makes it less likely that Oklahoma families will start supplementing against American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, and more likely that they will call for help with breastfeeding challenges.

​​Contact the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline 1-877-271-MILK (6455) for help with challenges, and contact COBA for information on how to "ban the bag" in YOUR hospital!​​