Your Statewide Coalition of Breastfeeding Advocates and Lactation Specialists
We invite you to work collaboratively with us to create breastfeeding-friendly communities throughout Michigan.
Please check out our mission, vision, and values here. Please check out our strategic plan at the bottom of the page as well.
The statewide spring meeting of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network is scheduled for March 22, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please RSVP to Barb Jammer at 989-233-7296 or via email by March 18th. The meeting will be held at the Lexington Hotel at 925 South Creyts Road in Lansing, MI.
As part of the strategic plan, the Michigan Breastfeeding Network is looking for an Executive Director. Check out the job description for more information and feel free to share this with your networks.
Michigan Breastfeeding Network Launches First Strategic Plan
In May 2012, with the support of a three-year $325,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (MIBFN) embarked on an eight-month strategic planning process. This process was recently completed when the Board of Directors approved the Network’s first strategic plan. The plan lays out a roadmap for the next three years of organizational growth in four goal areas:
To date, MIBFN has accomplished two important strategic plan strategies: the submission of paperwork to become an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the adoption of revised mission and vision statements:
Within the next few weeks, MIBFN will begin a search for its first full-time paid staff member. MIBFN has engaged McAlpine Consulting for Growth, LLC to assist in this hire. Anyone interested in receiving the job description should email Mairita Smiltars at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about the strategic plan will be shared at the MIBFN Spring Statewide meeting to be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Lexington Lansing hotel (925 S. Creyts Road, Lansing, MI). All members are welcome to attend. To RSVP for the meeting, please contact Barb Jammer at email@example.com.
Download the updated Breastfeeding Yellow Pages to get Michigan-specific breastfeeding resources. See file at the bottom of the page.
The 2012 Michigan Breastfeeding Network Awards for Breastfeeding Support have been announced. The recipients are: (Business/Employer) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality/National Vehicle Fuel Emissions Laboratory, (Public Health) the Central Michigan District Health Department, (Health Care Community) Linda Rodriguez, RN IBCLC, and (Community) Keleigh Lee, MS, LLLL, IBCLC. Check out the awards page for more information about our recipients and for details about the 2013 awards.
Check out the Baby Friendly Rap. It's cute and informative!
Every Mother and Altarum Institute are working with the HHS Office on Women’s Health to develop (or create) an on-line searchable resource to showcase creative solutions for supporting employees who are nursing their babies, with a special emphasis on employers of hourly workers and challenging work environments. We are gathering success stories from businesses of all industry types willing to share their solutions. Check out the link to the online submission site and share widely!
The Million Mothers March on Michigan will be held on July 18th at 10 a.m. This event is being organized by Breastfeeding Mothers Unite, an organization created by "Mothers Rallying for Change." The message of the march is that mothers will no longer sit quietly while others are being harassed and berated for doing what is best for their children. More information is available on their website.
The National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) is leading Best Fed Beginnings, an effort to help hospitals nationwide make quality improvements to maternity care to better support mothers and babies to be able to breastfeed. The Network encourages hospitals to get involved with this project and complete a project interest form. For more information, or to complete a project interest form, check out the Best Fed Beginnings website.
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) issues IBCLC Care Awards to facilities that hire currently certified IBCLCs and have a dedicated lactation support program available 5-7 days a week. For more information about the award, go to the IBCLC Care Award website. For Michigan recipients of the award, click here.
Milk for Thought came to Grand Rapids as a stop on their Latch On America Bus Tour! They came Thursday, July 28th! This was very exciting news and we were so excited to show America that Michigan cares about breastfeeding! Check out the action on their Facebook page, and "Like" them if you're so inclined ;)
Two bills were introduced in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives on June 30, 2011 to make breastfeeding a civil right. You can view Senate Bill 0554 here and House Bill 4868 here. We hope to have more information about how you can support these bills soon. Thank you to the Senators and Representatives who introduced this important legislation!
The recently passed Health Care Reform Bill included a provision to protect a woman's right to express milk at her workplace by making it a legal requirement for companies with 50 or more employees to provide reasonable break time and non-bathroom space for milk expression. Click here for more details.