-You can now support COBA with your Amazon Smile benefits!
-Check out our convenient new Oklahoma City location for COBA Baby Café! Expectant and breastfeeding families and their support people are welcome the first and third Fridays of every month from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at:
Oklahoma City-County Health Department
2600 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Room 223 (In the back, through the clinic entrance)
- Congratulations to Integris Health Edmond on receiving the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation! The other four Oklahoma hospitals designated Baby-Friendly are Comanche County Memorial Hospital, W. W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and Claremore Indian Hospital. Baby-Friendly USA designates hospitals reliably following the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
- The United States Department of Labor recently benefited an Oklahoma family by enforcing the breastfeeding accommodation provision in the Affordable Care Act's amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The mother's former employer has had to provide back pay due to intimidation and retaliation, and has agreed to follow the law going forward. To prevent this kind of difficulty, look to COBA for employee guidance on communicating with employers about breastfeeding, and employer guidance on practical ways to comply with breastfeeding laws.
Events for Advocates and Professionals
- August 25 Oklahoma Chocolate Milk Cafe is sponsoring a family Health Fair to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City.
-August 27 Lift Every Baby, a celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, takes place in Tulsa at Oral Roberts University Anna Vaughn College of Nursing from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
-Making Breastfeeding Easier: Free classes for hospital staff held at the Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center.
2016 dates are January 26, April 29, July 13, and October 20.
Contact Becky Mannel to arrange a class at your location.
-September 7-9, 2016 Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation course, offering 20 contact hours for RNs, 14 contact hours for RDs, and 20 LCERPs for IBCLCs. Held at Moore Norman Vocational Center. Regular registration through August 19, late registration August 20-September 2.
-October 29, 2016 COBA General Meeting from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for call-in information and other details.
-January 23-27, 2017 Lactation Counselor Training Course sponsored by Agape Doula Service.
Page last updated 8/10/16 by RMP.