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. 

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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.

In the News
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.
Is your employer breastfeeding friendly? Have a complaint?
Tell us about it!​

Listing of events does not constitute an endorsement from COBA

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.​​

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.
Chickasaw Community Radio station KCNP 89.5 FM gave COBA a voice during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2014 about programs and policies supporting breastfeeding mothers. Listen here to Sarah Jones' interview with Becky Mannel about the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline, federal and state policy about worksite breastfeeding support, and barriers to meeting mothers' breastfeeding goals.

AWHONN Conference April 29-30, 2015 Oklahoma City, OUHSC/Samis

OSDH/WIC Annual Breastfeeding Symposium, Friday, June 12, 2015
Edmond, University of Central ​​​Oklahoma

OSDH Lactation Management course August 17-21​​

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By Popular Demand
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.
Congratulations to  Oklahoma's Best Fed Beginnings hospital, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, on receiving the prestigious Baby-Friendly Designation! Read more about the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

SECOND Thursday of the month: January 15, April 16, July 16, October 15​ 
OUHSC Samis Education Center, West Boardroom, Level 1, 12 noon to 1:30
Bring your own lunch or come early to pick one up at the OU Children's cafeteria. Free parking at OU Children's Hospital​​.
Making Breastfeeding Easier classes for hospital staff
Free of charge from the Oklahoma Hospital Breastfeeding Education Project
​2015 dates in Oklahoma City: January 20, April 13, July 14, October 22
​Contact Becky Mannel to register your staff or arrange a class at your location.