Brief Description: Current conditions in Flint have resulted in pregnant mothers and infants being exposed to lead via contaminated drinking water. The exposure has raised questions regarding the safety of initiating and continuing breastfeeding. This has further impacted the breastfeeding rates in the Flint area.
Through the MIBFN 310 Connect project, MIBFN aims to improve health and neurodevelopment outcomes in the Flint area by improving breastfeeding initiation and continuation. MIBFN is using a collective impact approach that engages birthing centers and the community in consistent messaging and shared measurement.
MIBFN 310 Connect includes extensive education for not only mothers, but also hospital and community staff and providers, thus changing the culture to reflect the normalcy of breastfeeding as a feeding choice. The program changes the paradigm of support by using structured, consistent training and tools to assure engagement of available community resources.
By impacting health along the life cycle of the infant and mother, improved breastfeeding outcomes have potential to change the trajectory of health for the population served.