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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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. 
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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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COBA Chair Becky Mannel was interviewed live by KFOR October 21st in her role as Vice President of the Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank regarding the distinctions between HMBANA-associated human milk banks and purchasing milk from strangers as in a recent study in Pediatrics.
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
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine announces that it has revised its Clinical Protocol #14, Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician's Office: Optimizing Care for Infants and Children with proven guidelines for increasing exclusivity of breastfeeding!
​​Friday, ​February 28, 2014: Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma Symposium. Hospital leadership teams can contact Becky Mannel at for more information.

Thursday, March ​​27, 2014: Oklahoma WIC Breastfeeding Conference features Jae Kim, Jane Heinig, and Barbara Wilson-Clay! Click to see the brochure and registration.


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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.
The Breastfeeding Educator Program runs February 12-14 at OSU-Oklahoma City, taught by Deb Bocar, RN, PhD, IBCLC. Approved for 25 Nursing Continuing Education Contact Hours. Details available here.
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!​​