Breastfeeding

NACCHO actively supports local approaches to breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support. From 2014-2018, NACCHO implemented the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer & Professional Support project.

Through webinars, on-going technical assistance, and success stories, NACCHO shared lessons learned and effective strategies for local level implementation. NACCHO continues to provide training and technical assistance to local health departments and other community-based organizations to advance community support and continuity of care.

Get involved by

  • joining our e-newsletter to keep up with the latest program activities,
  • attending webinars and receiving continuing education credits, and
  • reading local-level implementation success stories.

New Funding Opportunity!

Request for Applications: Building a Breastfeeding Support Model for Community Health Centers With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to community health centers (CHCs) to pilot a breastfeeding support model. In addition to funding, NACCHO will provide technical assistance (TA) to CHCs as they explore and adopt policy system and environmental change solutions to increase their capacity to provide consistent and coordinated breastfeeding promotion and support services to the families they serve.

NACCHO will select three to six CHCs to design and implement a 6-month breastfeeding promotion and support project. Organizations will be awarded up to $20,000 each. Examples of activities may include implementation of evidence-based breastfeeding support policies, training of staff on basic and advanced lactation care, inclusion of breastfeeding support data into electronic medical records, implementation of supportive policies for breastfeeding employees and clients; enhancement of internal and external collaborations for breastfeeding continuity of care, and activities that connect breastfeeding mothers to relevant resources within their communities. Online application submissions are due on January 6, 2019.

For more information about the application and to apply, please visit: https://application.naccho.org... You will be prompted to create a free NACCHO online account in order to apply.

New Resource!

Breastfeeding in the Community Program Implementation Guide: Materials produced during the 4 years of the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Support, 2014 – 2018. This community-level guide offers guidance and tools to help local organizations plan, implement and evaluate peer and professional lactation support programs. It covers a broad range of practical information that will support communities to ensure evidence-informed practices for successful sustainable programs!

Social Justice and Lactation Articles

The Breastfeeding team published two open-access peer-reviewed articles focused on social justice and lactation in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Human Lactation.

"Breastfeeding in the Community: Sharing Stories on Implementations That Work" highlights the work of 19 NACCHO breastfeeding project grantees.

In "Breastfeeding in the Community: Addressing Disparities Through Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes Interventions," the authors share practice-oriented strategies for agencies seeking to implement community-level breastfeeding interventions through a public health policy, systems, and environmental change approach.


Through a cooperative agreement with CDC, NACCHO funded 72 demonstration sites, including LHDs, CBOs, coalitions, and local hospitals, to implement evidence-based and innovative breastfeeding projects in African American and other marginalized communities. Through the 18-month grant period, NACCHO provided over 1,500 hours of training and technical assistance. The project results included over 92,000 one-on-one supportive encounters for families, and over 3,000 support groups were hosted. In addition, the majority of grantees implemented policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes to enable women in their communities to breastfeed.

Browse the tabs above to watch past webinar, read the newly published peer-reviewed journal articles, and browse the Stories from the Field to learn more about the lessons learned, barriers, facilitators and overall successes!

Breastfeeding Public Health Partners – Charting the Course Together


The series aims to identify public health solutions and promote equity in breastfeeding rates and access to care. All webinars feature local breastfeeding project presentations.

Continuing education credits still available for some of the webinars!

TITLE/TOPIC CONTENT LINKS CE INFORMATION
Webinar #4: Broadening The Spectrum of Skilled Breastfeeding Support in the Community In the fourth webinar of the series, the Breastfeeding Public Health Partners are chartering a course that explores shifts in the public health landscape of skilled lactation support. Watch the recording Evaluation and post-test (for CERPs & CPEs) Instructions to other CE Types
Webinar #3: Supporting Breastfeeding at Work The third webinar of the Charting the Course Together series will discuss the importance of workplace support to increase breastfeeding duration rates, the return on investment for supporting both employers and employees to make breastfeeding work at work, and share useful and practical resources for supporting breastfeeding employees and their employers. Watch the recording Evaluation and post-test(for CERPs & CPEs) Instructions to other Continuing Education types
Webinar #2: Maternity Care Practices at the Nexus of Hospitals, Providers, States and Communities The second webinar in the 4-part series will focus on public health breastfeeding support within the maternity care settings Watch the recording Evaluation and post-test (for CERPs & CPEs) Instructions to other Continuing Education types
Webinar #1: Breastfeeding and Public Health Equity In this first webinar of the Public Health Breastfeeding Partner Series we will discuss the significance of breastfeeding as a public health issue and explore the matter of equity in access and outcomes in breastfeeding. Presenters will share their public health breastfeeding work and highlight their efforts to advance equity in the field. Watch the recording Evaluation and post-test (for CERPs & CPEs) Instructions to other Continuing Education types
Title/Topic Content Links CE information
Webinar 1: Implementations that Work - Part 1 This webinar discussed public health breastfeeding. Introduction: http://bit.ly/2mrPyR2
| CDC Goals: http://bit.ly/2fIhOeV
Webinar 1: Implementations that work - Part 2 The second part of the webinar explored results and lessons learned from the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities through Peer and Professional Support project. Public Health Breastfeeding: http://bit.ly/2gtih6t
| Project Outcomes: http://bit.ly/2mZfffQ | Project Lessons Learned: http://bit.ly/2nEkuPf
Webinar 2: Closing the Care Gap This webinar addressed varying mechanisms that can be used to create a continuum of care to support breastfeeding in underserved communities. http://bit.ly/2HNSFOa CDC CE
Webinar 3: Engaging the Hard-to-Reach This webinar addressed how local level organizations can better support communities with low breastfeeding rates by engaging and retaining women and families who are hard-to-reach. http://bit.ly/2pp4dAR CDC CE
Webinar 4: Leveraging Funds and Partnerships for Sustainability This webinar addressed how local level organizations can amplify the impact and longevity of community breastfeeding programs through skillful leveraging of funds and partnerships http://bit.ly/2HMsKXk
Webinar 5: Moving from National Programs to Local Initiatives This webinar explored how breastfeeding has been woven into the performance measures of national public health programs, such as Title V, Healthy Start and Home Visiting. http://bit.ly/2FLglpT
Webinar 6: Building Sustainable Projects through PSE Changes Implementations of Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) changes within their organizations to sustain local breastfeeding support activities http://bit.ly/2FSzO41

BREASTFEEDING IN THE COMMUNITY SERIES

This series addresses specific strategies to truly understanding community needs in rural and urban areas. Both webinars feature local breastfeeding projects. Continuing education for lactation support providers (CERPs) are available for a limited time!

Webinar title Content Link CE Information
Innovations to Advance Rural Health Common rural barriers to breastfeeding and innovative solutions to advance rural health through breastfeeding support expansion http://bit.ly/2m18LM6 Evaluation and post-test (for CERPs & CPEs)
Engaging and Empowering Families Successful public health programs reach community members where they are with services and supports designed to meet their identified needs. Many organizations host quality programming but struggle to engage and catalyze the community. http://bit.ly/2CL4Sp4 Evaluation and post-test (for CERPs & CPEs)

We have plenty of resources dedicated to helping local health departments support breastfeeding in minority communities. You can use these featured resources or check out our full list of resources in NACCHO's Toolbox.

  • Needs Assessment: This brief explains the importance of conducting needs assessments to inform program needs and activities and share examples of former grantees' assessments.
  • Work Plan & Budget: This brief addresses the importance of key factors for community project success, including work plan and budget congruence.
  • Home Visiting: This brief discusses practical strategies to incorporate breastfeeding into home visiting programs.
  • Continuity of Care: This brief provide insights on breastfeeding community continuity of care needed to improve breastfeeding duration rates.
  • WIC Breastfeeding Expansion: This brief highlights several examples of WIC breastfeeding expansion activities.
  • Infographic: This infographic offers visual data on the successes of the Breastfeeding Project.
  • Evaluation Plan: This brief provides insights on the importance of setting up monitoring and evaluation plan for your projects using examples from NACCHO's 2014 grantees.
  • NACCHO Exchange: The summer issue of the NACCHO Exchange is now available online. This issue showcases the ways in which local health departments and other community-based organizations are implementing family-friendly policy, systems, and environment changes to increase breastfeeding rates in their communities.
  • Webinar Series and Free Continuing Education: Thank you to the over 4,000 participants who attended our 2017 and 2018 webinar series! You can now find all of our webinars in one place. This document contains all webinar links from NACCHO's three series: the Public Health Breastfeeding Series, the Breastfeeding Public Health Partners Charting the Course Together Series and the Breastfeeding in the Community Series. You are still able to acquire continuing education for most of the webinars by watching the recording.
  • Program Implementation Guide: This is a comprehensive resource developed with materials produced during the 4 years of the Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding through Peer and Professional Support, 2014 – 2018. This community-level guide offers guidance and tools to help local organizations plan, implement and evaluate peer and professional lactation support programs. It covers a broad range of practical information that will support communities to ensure evidence-informed practices for successful sustainable programs!


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