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Do you know of a breastfeeding community coalition or support group in Virginia that needs to be added to this list?  Let us know at vabftf@gmail.com.

 

Attachment Parenting International Support Groups – Attachment Parenting is an application of sensitive responsive parenting. Attachment Parenting is based in the practice of nurturing parenting methods that create strong emotional bonds, also known as secure attachment, between children and their parent(s). This style of parenting encourages responsiveness to children’s emotional needs, enabling children to develop trust that their needs will be met. As a result, this strong attachment helps children develop the capacity for secure, empathic, peaceful, and enduring relationships that follow them into adulthood. – See more at: http://www.attachmentparenting.org/aboutus/whatwedo#sthash.wZOAiIua.dpuf

Appalachian Breastfeeding Network. ABN’s Mission is to work towards transformation of breastfeeding culture in Appalachia by providing empowerment and education to increase access to care. In the Appalachian region, we see staggering breastfeeding rates that are much lower than the rest of the nation. Our network is dedicated to work towards changing these dismal statistics and helping every mom and baby have the access to care that they deserve and education to make their own informed decisions.

Baby-Friendly Hospitals In Virginia – The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding. It recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (i) and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (ii). The BFHI assists hospitals in giving all mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

Become A Breastfeeding-Friendly Business In Virginia.  Show support for breastfeeding women in your community by displaying a 4×4″Breastfeeding Welcome Here” sticker on your business’ window!

Blue Ridge Breastfeeding Coalition

Consortium for Infant and Child Health, Eastern Virginia Medical School.  A PDF helping businesses become breastfeeding educated and friendly. Also if you ever have an incident where you are asked to leave or cover up in a public place please let CINCH know. They are tracking these incidents. Additionally, they offer training to the site where it occurred so that it won’t happen again.

How To Host A Baby Comfort Station  This guide was created by the Virginia Breastfeeding Task Force and La Leche League of the Mountain Empire.

La Leche League Groups In Virginia – La Leche League Leaders in Virginia and West Virginia offer meetings and breastfeeding cafes, and help mothers by phone and in person. The locations of LLL meetings and breastfeeding cafes in Virginia and West Virginia are shown on this map.

Loudon Breastfeeding Coalition

REPORT A BREASTFEEDING LAW VIOLATION OR INCIDENT.  The Consortium for Infant and Child Health at Easter Virginia Medical School is tracking these incidents.  Additionally, they offer training to the site where it occurred so it won’t happen again.

RVABreastfeeds The Richmond Health Action Alliance is a Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth. The goal of this HCAT is to reduce childhood obesity, particularly among low income African American and Hispanic populations, through the promotion of breastfeeding and physical activities in the Richmond Metro Area. #RVABreastfeeds is supported through funding and in-kind support from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy YouthRichmond City WIC, and Nurture.

Virginia Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborative, a power point presented by Emily Taylor at the September 11, 2015 joint meeting of VABFTF and the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Board Committee.

 

 

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