178553 Improving community breastfeeding support for low-income women in California

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

M. Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC , Human Lactation Center, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Jennifer Leigh Ba˝uelos, BS , Human Lactation Center, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
Karen Farley, RD, IBCLC , California WIC Association, Sacramento, CA
Robbie Gonzalez Dow, MPH RD CLE , California WIC Association, Sacramento, CA
Karen Peters, MBA RD IBCLC , Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, CA
Lucy Quacinella, Attorney at Law , Multiforum Advocacy Solutions, San Francisco, CA
Breastfeeding is a low-cost, low-tech intervention that can reduce a number of acute and chronic health issues for women and children, including risk for overweight. Despite some increases in breastfeeding rates for Californians, rates for initiation, exclusivity and duration remain low for women of color. Efforts on multiple fronts are needed to remove barriers and provide the needed support for all mothers who decide to breastfeed. Collaborative advocacy efforts are working to simultaneously improve hospital breastfeeding rates, worksite lactation accommodation, and Medi-Cal regulations. This multi-faceted approach relies on grassroots advocacy, media outreach, education, administrative change and legislative strategy. Partners in these efforts include MCH, WIC, Medi-Cal staff, Labor Commissioner, hospitals, CA WIC Association, the state and local breastfeeding coalitions, and breastfeeding advocates.

Learning Objectives:
Identify a set of strategies for improving hospital breastfeeding rates using hospital data. Identify key issues for improving breastfeeding support through Medi-Cal (Medicare). Identify key partners and activities for improving lactation accommodation in the worksite.

Keywords: Breast Feeding, Advocacy

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