Building a Local Breastfeeding Coalition
Breastfeeding coalitions can be an effective force in protecting and promoting breastfeeding.
What is a coalition and why are they important?
According to “Parents United for Public Schools,” a coalition is a group of individuals and/or organizations working together for a common purpose. Coalitions are important because there is power in numbers! Some advantages to coalitions are:
Visit Parents United for Public Schools for more general information on coalitions.
What do local breastfeeding coalitions do?
Local breastfeeding coalitions bring individuals and organizations together. They enable women, families, and community members to share ideas, break institutional and cultural barriers, and solve problems related to breastfeeding, in addition to empowering and educating the public.
Who should be included in a local breastfeeding coalition?
A coalition can include a wide variety of community members, including but not limited to local, regional, and national organizations, community leaders, nurses, doctors, midwives, medical staff, mothers, spouses and their families.
Resources for starting a non-profit/breastfeeding coalition:
See the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon’s Six Steps to Building Local Breastfeeding Coalitions
To find a local breastfeeding coalition leader in your area, visit the Zipmilk website.
Local Breastfeeding Coalitions in Louisiana:
If you would like to start a breastfeeding coalition in your area and would like assistance, please contact the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org.