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The Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) is organized around the six sectors identified in the 2011 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA). Each Sector has a committee that is led by a board member-liaison and is responsible for implementing actions in response to the SGCTA. All CBC members are invited to join one (or more) Sector Committees. Read below for details on each.
Mothers & Their Families Committee
The CBC’s Mothers and Their Families Committee is focused primarily on providing information regarding where mothers and their families can find help when it is needed to overcome breastfeeding challenges, particularly after they have left the hospital and are home with their newborn. The CBC is participating on ZipMilk.org, a website that provides state-by-state contact information for local lactation professionals, mother-to- mother peer support, WIC offices, and hospital breastfeeding mothers groups.
This committee works to promote lactation support initiatives and protect a woman’s rights to breastfeed or express/pump breastmilk at work in accordance with state and federal breastfeeding laws. The CBC recognizes Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites that provide education, space, support, flexibility and privacy to nursing employees. Working with the CT Department of Public Health, the CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and the Department of Labor, CBC developed a Guide to the Rights of Breastfeeding Employees in Connecticut, and What are Your Rights information sheet and wallet cards.
Research & Surveillance Committee
This committee’s purpose is to collaborate with researchers to conduct studies on breastfeeding. The information that is acquired is then shared via Facebook and other social media outlets. This committee is also responsible for sharing research results with the CBC membership and throughout Connecticut.
Health Care Committee
This committee is dedicated to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and the specific actions required to support breastfeeding in the hospital and after mothers and babies go home. This includes education for health care professionals, breastfeeding-friendly maternity care practices, access to donor milk and IBCLCs. This committee is developing a model program for hospitals to achieve and maintain Baby-Friendly designation with these actions as the focus.
This committee’s actions include strengthening programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling, using community-based organizations to promote and support breastfeeding, creating a national campaign to promote breastfeeding, ensuring that the marketing of infant formula is conducted in a way that minimizes its negative impacts on exclusive breastfeeding, and learning more about what Connecticut fathers know and feel about breastfeeding.
Public Health Infrastructure Committee
This committee is working to improve leadership on the promotion and support of breastfeeding in partnership with the CT Department of Public Health. CBC recognizes the importance the CT WIC Program’s breastfeeding education and support initiatives, including the WIC Peer Counseling program. Currently, CBC is collaborating with the CT Department of Public Health on the statewide, “It’s Worth It” campaign.
CBC welcomes a diverse board and members to reflects the diverse population of breastfeeding families in CT.
Anyone interested in serving on the board please email Board Chair, Monica Belyea, for more information.
Committee Sector News & Partnerships:
Membership to the CBC is free. However, your donation helps us continue to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in Connecticut. As an all volunteer non-profit, your contributions allow us cover our operating costs, provide educational content and materials to the community, and launch new initiatives that support our mission. No amount is too small, we greatly appreciate it!