-You can now support COBA with your Amazon Smile benefits!
-COBA Baby Café now has FOUR locations in Oklahoma City! Drop in at our new Shepherd Mall location on alternate Mondays between 12 noon and 2 p.m. for peer and professional breastfeeding support with COBA hospitality!
- Congratulations to Integris Health Edmond on receiving the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation! The other four Oklahoma hospitals designated Baby-Friendly are Comanche County Memorial Hospital, W. W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and Claremore Indian Hospital. Baby-Friendly USA designates hospitals reliably following the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
- The United States Department of Labor recently benefited an Oklahoma family by enforcing the breastfeeding accommodation provision in the Affordable Care Act's amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The mother's former employer has had to provide back pay due to intimidation and retaliation, and has agreed to follow the law going forward. To prevent this kind of difficulty, look to COBA for employee guidance on communicating with employers about breastfeeding, and employer guidance on practical ways to comply with breastfeeding laws.
Events for Advocates and Professionals
-Making Breastfeeding Easier: Free classes for hospital staff held at the Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City.
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center.
2016 dates are January 26, April 29, July 13, and October 20.
Contact Becky Mannel to arrange a class at your location.
-July 30, 2016 COBA General Meeting from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Room LC135 in the Learning Center at the southeast corner of campus (New location to save energy in the summer) at OU Tulsa, 4502 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135. Parking is free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for call-in information if you need to participate remotely.
-October 29, 2016 COBA General Meeting from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. Contact email@example.com for call-in information.
-January 23-27, 2017 Lactation Counselor Training Course sponsored by Agape Doula Service.