State Breastfeeding Coalitions

Did you know that there is now a breastfeeding coalition in every state, US territory and tribal nation in the land?  The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon is connected to all of them through our Western Region of State Coalitions, and the United States Breastfeeding Coalition.

This is the public health infrastructure that has been built to support, promote and protect breastfeeding on local, state and national levels.

Western Region of State Breastfeeding Coalitions

The Western Region includes:  Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, CNMI, American Samoa and Guam.

BCO Executive Director, Marion Rice is the elected West Region Representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee.

United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)

The USBC is an independent, nonprofit coalition of more than 40 nationally influential professional, educational, and government organizations, that share a common mission to improve the Nation’s health by working collaboratively to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

The USBC has an impressive list of accomplishments, including publication of position statements, advocacy alerts, media press releases a national conference of state breastfeeding coalitions, dozens of active committees and taskforces, and a robust, content-rich website.

US Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

The Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding outlines 20 recommendations we can all take to make breastfeeding easier for new families.

This document is the road map to orient government agencies, public health leadership, health care providers and the general public on meaningful action that will get breastfeeding rates to meet or exceed the Healthy People 2020 goals.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

The CDC recognizes breastfeeding as a primary mechanism to reduce childhood obesity and prevent disease.  They have a number of resources now available, and have a particular recent focus on maternity care practices related to breastfeeding.  Many of these resources are available on the Evidence-Based Hospital Practices and Research and Resource Library pages of this website.

US DHHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

The OWH set the stage for the historic US Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through their publication Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding.

OWH also collaborated with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to produce, distribute and support the Business Case for Breastfeeding Toolkit.  Over 30 state breastfeeding coalitions have been trained in the Business Case Toolkit, and regularly help employers to be in compliance with state and federal worksite lactation accommodation laws.