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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A rolling list of INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES related to maternal health, birth, and breastfeeding is now being maintained by Lamaze International.
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.
A "Making Breastfeeding Easier" class for health care providers on the basics of breastfeeding support is offered without cost October 13, 2014 by the Oklahoma Hospital Breastfeeding Project of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The one-day class, approved for 7.5 nursing contact hours, takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For details and to register staff from your facility, contact Becky Mannel at Rebecca-Mannel@ouhsc.edu.
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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.
Congratulations to Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank on its first anniversary of providing pasteurized donor milk in Oklahoma! We are so proud of their 300 milk donors and the many others devoting time and money to the success of this life-saving resource for Oklahoma babies! Learn more about OMMB from this transcript or recording (beginning at minute 15:30) of an Oklahoma Innovations interview with Executive Director Becky Mannel.
October 4, 2014 -- COBA sponsors a screening in Oklahoma City of "The Milky Way", a moving feature-length expose of barriers to breastfeeding success in the United States. This is the film your friends, family and health care providers need to see to understand American families' struggle and what can be done about it! See the trailer and reserve your tickets now!