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Community Partners – Flint 310 Connect

Check out our amazing Community Partners in Flint as part of our MIBFN 310 Connect Project. These partners continue to do amazing work with Flint’s families and most vulnerable citizens. This Collective Impact initiative, in partnership with the Greater Flint Community Foundation, aims to continue improving health and neurodevelopment outcomes in the Flint area through increased breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates, using an approach that engages hospital birthing centers and community partners with consistent messaging and shared measurement.    

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Coffective SPLASH

Hospitals are an integral partner in consistent, evidence-based breastfeeding messages for families within the maternity care setting. Coffective is conducting coaching calls with hospitals throughout the state of Michigan. The purpose of the hospital coaching calls is to learn about successes and challenges, provide sustainable guidance and technical assistance for quality improvement related to breastfeeding, and encourage collaborative activities with WIC such as joint task force meetings, regular touch-bases, and sharing of resources. If you have a partnership with your…

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Shining Star: Spotlight on Coordination in Our Michigan Communities – Grand Haven

We’re proud to feature our contacts this month, from InterCare Community Health Network in Grand Haven! Anna Johnstone has 24 years of experience as a WIC nutritionist/CPA and been a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) since 2005. For the last 13 years she has worked at InterCare Community Health Network in the Grand Haven WIC clinic. Lori McCabe, RN CLC, Becky Shanahan, BSN, ANLC, IBCLC, and Beth Curley, RN, IBCLC, work on the Birthing Unit at North Ottawa Community Hospital (NOCH).…

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September 2018 QNM Recap – Bay City, MI

MIBFN’s September 21st Quarterly Network Meeting (QNM) focused on systems-level work to “change the system, not the mother” in Bay City, Michigan. In collaboration with the Bay Area Breastfeeding Coalition, Midland Breastfeeding Coalition, and Saginaw Breastfeeding Coalition, 45 attendees from 10 counties around the state had a chance to #learnshareconnect on issues of importance for breastfeeding advocates. Eighty-one percent of mothers in Michigan initiate breastfeeding but face many roadblocks along the way. In order to increase exclusivity and duration rates,…

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MIBFN is Seeking Board Member Candidates with Wide-Ranging Personal and Professional Experiences

MIBFN seeks new board members to play a critical role in building an organization that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, inclusion, and equity. As advocates of public health, we believe that all social-sector organizations are better equipped to address complex social issues with board governance that reflects the communities it serves. Experience within the following realms, including professional expertise, cultural background, and life experience, is desired: financial, legal, human resources, non-profit leadership, community engagement, collaborative driven work, and parenting.…

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Make Breastfeeding Support a Priority With End-of-Year Giving

MIBFN makes end-of-year gift giving quick and easy plus it gives you a chance to support breastfeeding, which has a positive impact on all families throughout our state. The MIBFN Zazzle Store has many items available for holiday gift giving and proceeds from every sale benefit breastfeeding advocacy efforts in Michigan. The MIBFN collection of breastfeeding gifts is fun, timely, and enlightened, and your purchase helps to advance efforts for a breastfeeding-supportive culture throughout our state. Find everything on your…

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New Release: MIBFN Breastfeeding and Disaster Readiness Campaign Release

Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) introduces its newest advocacy campaign in support of systems-level change. “Breastfeeding and Disaster Readiness” provides tools for equitable distribution of resources and access to breastfeeding support during times of crisis. The newly released toolkit consists of eight elements, all available at www.mibreastfeeding.org/disaster-ready: Make Breastfeeding Part of Your Disaster Readiness Plan poster How to Hand Express Magnet and Poster FAQ Sheet: Breastfeeding is Disaster Readiness Breastfeeding and Lead Exposure Issue Statement and Recommendations Sample template for a…

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Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar – Breastfeeding and Nutrition: Busting Myths and Empowering Moms

Date: October 2018 Speaker: Lauren Cody, RD, IBCLC Description: Many health care professionals encounter breastfeeding women who ask, “what should or can I eat?” Lauren Cody, RD, IBCLC will dispel nutrition myths and provide evidence-based nutrition recommendations for women during lactation along with practical and culturally sensitive nutrition counseling strategies to utilize with breastfeeding women. View a recap of the webinar.

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Shining Star: Spotlight on Coordination in Our Michigan Communities

Contacts:  Rebecca Campau, RN, IBCLC, WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, Kathy Bladow, BSN, RN, WIC Coordinator, and Carley Elliott, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Why is St. Clair County WIC a Maternity Care “Shining Star”? St. Clair County WIC is a model for maternity-care community building. In her dual role as Chair of the newly established St. Clair County Breastfeeding Coalition and WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator, Rebecca has worked hard to incorporate all of their key maternity care partners into meaningful and dynamic conversations…

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Breastfeed Macomb Celebrates as August Fundraiser Winner

Congratulations to Breastfeed Macomb the winner in our joint MIBFN local coalition fundraiser! Breastfeed Macomb surpassed their goal, raising $1,106.00 during the month of August in honor of breastfeeding awareness month. Thank you so much for working tirelessly to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at both the local and statewide level. Lauren Cody from Breastfeed Macomb shares, “For many of us, coalition activities are in addition to our regular job duties. The Michigan Breastfeeding Network makes fundraising work for us!…

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Many of the beautiful images on our website are provided by the following: Oakland and Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalitions, Katherine Jarvi Photography, and Allie and Co. Photography. Thanks to our partners for their wonderful photos! To submit your images for our website, please contact info@breastfeeding.org.