To improve the health and well-being of infants and families in Oklahoma through
education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding
Become a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite
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.
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.
In the News
A New York Times article reports that many mothers are not getting the timely, competent help and effective pumps they need to keep breastfeeding, and shares links to many advocacy connections.
Listing of events does not constitute an endorsement from COBA
Congratulations to Claremore Indian Hospital -- Oklahoma's first Baby-Friendly Hospital! This represents a lot of work by CIH administration and staff, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the OU Health Sciences Center, and the OU Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement. The Baby-Friendly Hospital designation is bestowed by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the national authority for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global initiative of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund for quality maternity care promoting proper infant feeding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A rolling list of INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES related to maternal health, birth, and breastfeeding is now being maintained by Lamaze International.
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!
The Oklahoma Hospital Breastfeeding Project of the Oklahoma State Department of Health has announced 2014 dates for its "Making Breastfeeding Easier" one-day class for health care providers on the basics of breastfeeding support, approved for 7.5 nursing contact hours. The class will be offered 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 30, April 14, July 17, and October 13. There is no cost for the class. For details and to register staff from your facility, contact Becky Mannel at Rebecca-Mannel@ouhsc.edu.
SAVE THE DATE
Friday, February 28, 2014:Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma Symposium. Hospital leadership teams can contact Becky Mannel at Rebecca-Mannel@ouhsc.edu for more information.
Thursday, March 27, 2014: Oklahoma WIC Breastfeeding Conference
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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 email@example.com for an mp4 file.
The Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Association announces its Networking Social January 13 to make new acquaintances and brainstorm about activities for 2014! Details at this page.