Join the Virginia Breastfeeding Taskforce at this year’s coalitions conference! The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) will be hosting the Fifth National Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference, August 2-4, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. USBC is thrilled to convene this unique conference once again, with a continued focus on implementation of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions’ capacity to impact policy, systems, and environmental change. A new focus has also been placed this year on developing capacity and commitment to racial equity in breastfeeding support, as reflected in the theme: Transforming Barriers into Bridges: Cultivate Your Community Leadership.
The nutritional factor that has the greatest impact on the development of a child’s gut flora is whether the child is breastfed, according to a new study by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Copenhagen. The study shows that breastfeeding promotes the growth of beneficial lactic acid bacteria in the baby’s gut flora, which are beneficial to the development of the child’s immune system.