June 3, 2015

Our latest letter to HMBANA urging advancing health equity in the triaging of human milk Health Equity in HMBANA GuidelinesFV

May 5, 2015

Check out our Press Release about the Human Milk Banking Association of North America meeting in Portland and our call to advance public policy to support pasteurized donor human milk banking,

April 27, 2015-

Calling all Volunteers for BCO BOARD of Directors!! DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30!

Dear Coalition Representatives and Other Interested Folks

It is the time of year when BCO calls for nominations for open seats on our Board of Directors.  This year we accomplished the following:

  • Developed an initial membership for Oregon Hospitals and select business members
  • Drafted a variety of issues and policy statements
  • Developed and awarded a scholarship for the IBCLE exam
  • Began a process of moving towards shared organizational values addressing issues of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and building a framework for addressing oppression through social justice as we promote, support and protect breastfeeding.
  • Worked alongside our colleagues at WIC, the United States Breastfeeding Committee and Oregon Health Authority
  • Continued to serve on synergistic coalitions and work groups
  • Coordinated with Northwest Mothers Milk Bank on developing increased capacity for NWMMB
  • Continued to develop relationships with geographic and culturally specific breastfeeding coalitions
  • Continued to seek funding partnerships to expand our work to unify breastfeeding groups and supporters throughout Oregon

BCO Bylaws specify that seven board seats will be elected by the voting members of BCO, the Coalitions!!! And four seats will be filled at the discretion and invitation of the Executive Director and/or the BCO Board.  We are currently seeking nominations for potential members to serve as one of four “Coalition Representatives” elected this year to fill a two-year term beginning October 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2017. Board Nomination Packet 2015-2

Word Version of Board_Nominee_Form


April 8, 2015-

BCO Press Release on Internet Sale of Human Milk:

The purchasing of human milk over the Internet presents a potential risk to the infant receiving the milkA recent study released April 6, 2015 in the Journal Pediatrics shows, 11 out of 102 samples of human milk bought over the Internet tested positive for cows milk DNA, suggesting that the milk had cows milk added to it[1].  Babies’ digestive tracts are not fully developed until they are at least 6 months old. Babies don’t produce a broad enough spectrum of stomach enzymes to fully digest anything other than human milk until 6-9 months.[2] For infants, not being breastfed is associated with an increased incidence of infectious morbidity, including otitis media, gastroenteritis, and pneumonia, as well as elevated risks of childhood obesity, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, leukemia, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)[3]. Read More Here

BCO Develops New Strategic Framework to Guide Work from 2015-2018

Download the BCO_Strategic Framework.FVpdf

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care videos: