Volume 7, Issue 4 | August 5, 2019
Governor Laura Kelly proclaims August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” in Kansas!   

On August 2, the Governor signed a proclamation for “Breastfeeding Awareness Month”.  The KBC and KDHE held a joint press conference in the State Capitol immediately following the official signing by the governor. Kansas Public Radio covered the ceremonies.
Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month
KBC’s 2019 Breastfeeding Conference Registration is Open!   

You won’t want to miss this this unique opportunity to sharpen your lactation knowledge and learn skills to engage your community to support breastfeeding families. The conference will be held Oct. 24–25 at the Holiday Inn Wichita East I-35, Wichita. The conference will feature “Hot Topics” in lactation on Thursday, Oct. 24th and community engagement topics on Friday, Oct. 25th. Exhibitors will be present for the first time! Conference agenda, registration information and exhibitor information is  here .  

Featured speakers are:
Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA  
Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
 “Medications in Lactation” webinar

The KBC Hospital Section will host a FREE webinar for physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers to introduce “Medications in Lactation”, an algorithm tool to help providers support breastfeeding when considering medications during lactation. The webinar will be Aug. 27th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Registration is not required.  Simply join at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/445066437 or dial in at (571) 317-3122, Access Code: 445-066-437.  
Lauren A. Morton, PharmD

Overview of “Medications in Lactation” algorithm and pharmacological perspective
Sonder Crane, MD, IBCLC, Pediatrician

Healthy newborn and older breastfed baby perspective
Chaitali Mahajan, MD, Neonatologist

Preterm infant perspective
KBC General Membership Meeting

The next General membership meeting will be Friday, August 9th , 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

11:30  – Welcome & introductions
11:35  – Approval of previous meeting minutes (see button below) and current agenda 
11:40  – Member Section Updates – Section Chairs 
  • Child Care – Kris Nicholson
  • Hospitals – Kathy Walker
  • Local Breastfeeding Coalitions – Susan Lukwago
  • Public Health – Kara Watts
12:00  –   National Breastfeeding Month Celebrations:  
  • “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” proclamation signing Aug. 2nd, 9 a.m. 
  •   Sharing from communities of local activities
12:15  –  Celebrating new “Communities Supporting Breastfeeding” 
12:20  –   KBC Activity Updates:
  • Communities selected for Year 1 of technical assistance project
  • 2019 Breastfeeding Conference registration open
  • KBC/IABLE courses
  • Upcoming presentations  
12:30  – Sharing - news and requests for help
12:45  – Adjourn  

Next meeting –  October 11th , 2019, 11:30 – 1:00, via GoToMeeting 

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone by selecting the "Goto Meeting Link" button below. You can also dial in using your phone : United States: +1 (872) 240-3212; Access Code: 690-080-925  
Take Action!

Help improve workplace support for breastfeeding employees:

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the launch of the  Supporting Nursing Mothers in the Workplace  online dialogue. You are invited to share your ideas on how DOL can help employers and nursing mothers understand their responsibilities and rights under the “ Break Time for Nursing Mothers ” law. Take a few minutes to help shape and guide the DOL's compliance assistance resources and materials for the Break Time law. Please submit your ideas, comments, and votes online through the “ideascale” website anytime between  August 5 - 16.   Note: you must register on the “ideascale” website to submit comments.  
The KBC Has Been Busy...  

Check out the new documents now ready for you and the families you serve:

  • State of Breastfeeding in Kansas 2019 - updated with new data from 2016 births from the National Immunization Survey, CDC.
  • “Feeding Tips”: new layout and updated storage guidelines from CDC & USDA
  • “Breastfeeding 911” card: includes helpline from Office on Women’s Health in addition to the KBC’s Local Resources Directory of breastfeeding support database searchable by zip code. Business cards available on request by emailing Brenda Bandy at bbandy@ksbreastfeeding.org
  • “Do Not Disturb” door hangers: added educational information and contact information on the back. Now available to mothers and not just employers. Request door hangers by emailing Brenda Bandy at bbandy@ksbreastfeeding.org
Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act

The   Fairness for Breastfeeding Mothers Act  was signed into law on Thursday, July 25. The act requires that certain public buildings that contain a public restroom also provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, that is hygienic and available for use by a member of the public.  Now  visitors to most of the federal facilities in Kansas will have access to a clean, private lactation space.  List and map of federal facilities in Kansas    
KBC Featured Member

Diana Lady, Health Promoter for the Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program .   Read Diana’s story  of how she incorporates breastfeeding support into her work with families in the July issue of the Kansas Community Health Worker newsletter.  

  • Three NEW “Communities Supporting Breastfeeding”! Franklin County, Neosho County, and Dodge City! The local breastfeeding coalitions in these communities have worked hard work to help their communities achieve the Community Supporting Breastfeeding (CSB) designation from the KBC. Kansas now has 26 CSB communities recognized for building a culture of breastfeeding support across multiple sectors. Is your community interested in becoming a CSB community? Check out the 6 criteria here and see how many of them you community already has on the KBC’s Breastfeeding Support by Kansas County database.

  • New award-winning employers! Congratulations to St Francis Campus, KU Health Systems in Topeka for earning the Gold Level and USD 489 Hays for earning the Silver Level Breastfeeding Employee Support Award in recognition of their support for their breastfeeding employees. 
It's official! Johnson County held a ceremony on August 1st to officially proclaim the county as a "Community Supporting Breastfeeding."
KBC Member Section Updates   

Child Care
The Child Care Section meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month, 12-1 pm. Please join us if you have an interest in breastfeeding support in the early childhood setting. Submitted by Kris Nicholson, Chair. For more information, contact Kris at  kris@ks.childcareaware.org

Local Breastfeeding Coalition
We met last on Thursday July 11th. There were six of us participating which led to interest in finding out about participation in all Section calls versus membership in the Section. It turns out that all Sections have about 20% of their members participating in the calls. 

We were very pleased to have Kara Watts, chair of the KBC Public Health Section, share the Public Health Program Inventory. We then reviewed and discussed the   Toolkit for Local Breastfeeding Coalitions ... and guess what? It is done and up on our KBC website! Yippee! We had a chance to give input on the agenda of the Community Engagement Day of the upcoming KBC conference Oct. 24-25 in Wichita.

Our next meeting in Thursday September 12th. Diana Lady, a Section Member, who works with the Kansas Farmworkers' Program will be telling us about the program. The Local Breastfeeding Coalitions Section meets on the 2nd Thursday of odd # months.  Submitted by Susan Lukwago, Chair.  For more information, contact Susan at  slukwago@sbcglobal.net

Public Health Section  
The KBC Public Health Section has been busy learning about all of the public health breastfeeding initiatives and programs throughout the state. The Section has created a comprehensive list of these programs, and plans to utilize it as a tool to ensure that relevant parties are represented in our Section, as well as to guide conversations around strategies to enhance program support to families, such as how to ensure that quality materials are offered and improving referral systems. The   Inventory of Kansas Public Health Initiatives document is available for all to view. Please join us for the next meeting on August 8th from 10 to 11 am.

The Public Health Section meets on the second Thursday of even numbered months from 10 to 11 am. Submitted by Kara Watts, Chair.  For more information, contact Kara at  kara.watts@ks.gov

Hospital Section

The Hospital Section meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday from 12 to 1 pm.  Contact Kathy Walker at  Kathryn.Walker@wesleymc.com for more information or to join the Hospital Section.
Look where we've been     

  • Kansas Power of the Positive, Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace (panel), June 6, Topeka
  • National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) National Conference, Expert Advisory Committee and National Action Teams, June 11-12, Arlington, VA
  • Community Health Worker Symposium, Treva Smith, KBC Board Member, and Diana Lady, Kansas Farmworker Program and KBC member, presented “Breastfeeding Support: The Important Role of the CHW” 
  • USBC Membership meeting & National Coalitions Conference, June 13-15, Bethesda, MD, presented:
  • “Cultural Communities build "Communities Supporting Breastfeeding" in Kansas” (Stephanne Rupnicki live and Stacy Yeager via recording)
  • “School District Successes: Supporting breastfeeding staff & students in Kansas” (Brenda Bandy)
  • Building and Supporting Local Breastfeeding Coalitions: The Kansas Approach (table topic)
  • “How to Support the Breastfeeding Family” Child Care Provider training, June 29, Dodge City
  •  Promise 1,000 home visitor training “Intersection of Breastfeeding and Safe Infant Sleep”, July 25, Kansas City
  • Breastfeeding Summit, Workplace Breastfeeding Legislation, sponsored by Center for Worklife Law, Aug. 6, San FranciscoKansas Governor’s Public Health Conference, April 3rd in Manhattan
Look where we're going     

Look for the KBC will be presenting and/or exhibiting at the following upcoming conferences or events:
  • Working Well Conference, Aug. 20thin Wichita
  • Kansas Public Health Association Conference, Sept. 24, Topeka
  • Topeka Chapter, Assoc. for the Education of Young Children (child care training), Sept. 24, Topeka
  • Governor’s Summit on Early Childhood, Oct. 7, Wichita
  • Breastfeeding 101: Role of Home Visitors, Gov. Conf. on the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, Oct. 23, Topeka
Building Local Breastfeeding Coalition  calls:  

Building Local Breastfeeding Coalition  virtual meeting will be  August 30th from 9 to 10 am. Come for support, ideas and sharing – leave inspired! These calls are designed to provide information and support to anyone interested in creating or strengthening a local breastfeeding coalition in KS. You can also dial in using your phone at (669) 224-3412; Access Code: 438-671-789. 
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