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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About 70% of employed mothers with children younger than 3 years of age work full-time. In Oklahoma, 1 in 5 women who stopped breastfeeding cited returning to work or school as the reason.
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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The Affordable Care Act specifies coverage for lactation supplies and help with no cost sharing, but the details are still being worked out, as NewsOK reports.
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The Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank hosts its GRAND OPENING THURSDAY, MAY 30 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Come for a tour, refreshments, and a 6:30 talk by UNC human milk researcher Kimberly Spence!
OMMB is now screening donors! Follow Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank on Facebook for the latest developments!
2013 meetings of the Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Association (visit them on Facebook!) will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1/14, 3/11, 5/13, 9/9 and 11/11. Contact Becky at email@example.com for more information.
A rolling list of INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES related to maternal health, birth, and breastfeeding is now being maintained by Lamaze International.
KOSU reports on the diligent, valuable, and crucial efforts by Oklahoma State Department of Health to support breastfeeding from pregnancy through postpartum -- including programs run by COBA Chair Becky Mannel and past COBA Chair Rosanne Smith!
The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched "It's Only Natural," a campaign of knowledge, help and support by and for African American mothers. Check out the campaign's engaging videos and other materials!
Breastfeeding Educator Program at OSU-OKCAugust 6-8, 2013
Developed and presented by Debi Bocar, IBCLC, RN, PhD.
Contact 405-208-4422 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
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National Indian Native American WIC Coalition (NINAWC) Conference, Tulsa, OK August 13-15, 2013
The second annual summer Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Association conference will be August 24, 2013. Contact Becky at email@example.com for more information.
The International Lactation Consultant Association holds its 2013 conference, "Born to Breastfeed: A Global Public Health Imperative" July 25-28 in Melbourne, Australia.
Thursday, May 30 at noon -- while Dr. April Fogelman is in town for the state Breastfeeding Conference (below), she will speak at Samis Auditorium at the
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center on "Human Milk Composition Research". All are invited!