Breastfeeding- It Takes a Village!
U.S. Surgeon General, Regina M. Benjamin, MD., reminds us that everyone can help make breastfeeding easier!
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) outlines steps that families, communities, employers, health care professionals and government all can take to reduce barriers to breastfeeding.
To improve support for breastfeeding, communities can take the following actions:
Take a closer look at the USBC’s Implementation Matrix and the Socio-Ecological Model created to show the variety of players that will need to be involved in each of the 20 actions of the SGCTA. These diagrams demonstrate that collaboration and outreach beyond the “breastfeeding community” are necessary to improve support for breastfeeding and implement the SGCTA.
Other Resources for Community Action
Community Action Kit for Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding – A coalition-building and resource notebook designed to help with starting a new or strengthening an existing breastfeeding coalitions. It includes community assessment tools and ideas about addressing the needs of your community, as well as resources to help influence change. Developed by the Texas Department of State Health Services WIC Program.
El Paso Baby Cafe– A drop-in-center for all moms that provides breastfeeding help and support from both skilled health professionals and other mothers, in a friendly, non-clinical, café style environment.
The Baby Cafe– Baby Café coordinates a network of breastfeeding drop-in centers and other services to support breastfeeding mothers across the UK and other parts of the world.
To learn more about what actions you can take to support breastfeeding, download The Surgeon General’s Call to Action here.
The image above is credited to Larry Grummer-Strawn, PhD: CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Teleconferences, Tuesday, February 8, 2011.