Volume 9, Issue 3 | August 6, 2021

Friday, August 13th | 12-1 p.m.

Call in at (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 486-640-693

12:00 Welcome
12:50 Questions, discussion and sharing 
1:00 Adjourn
From Stephanne Rupnicki, Chair

Hello fellow Breastfeeding advocates, this is KBC Chair Stephanne Rupnicki. I just wanted to give a quick check in with you all. Summer is almost to an end and what better way to end it then with National Breastfeeding Month. Each week there is a target demographics of breastfeeding communities that are highlighted and each one has a theme. Here is this year's August 2021 weeks and themes. 

Do make sure to check out each ones Facebook pages, Instagrams and Twitter accounts for a wealth of lactation information, advocacy and inspirations. (KBC - @KSBreastfeeding)

I also just wanted to remind everyone that COVID is still very much among us and with the new variants that are more contagious and ask if we all can do our parts in helping to stop the spread. Breastfeeding parents are doing their part! Antibodies to the COVID virus has been found in breast milk in those who have received the vaccine. (JAMA, 2021)

Just a reminder to also check out and register for the virtual KBC 2021 Breastfeeding Conference which is going to be amazing! I hope next year we will able to be in person as I do miss seeing all your faces.

  • 13 Days
  • 42 meals
  • 109 people
  • 2,426 miles
First 1,000 Days Kansas – Each year in Kansas, over 35,000 babies will be born. 35,000 women will give birth. 35,000 families will do their best to ensure that their baby grows into a socially, emotionally, and physically healthy child who is confident, empathetic, and ready for school and life. This will be easier for some families than for others.  Join the KBC and our partners to change this.
With funding from the Kansas Health Foundation, the “Color-Filled Breastfeeding: Clinical Lactation Training Program” was developed by the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition in an effort to increase the number of highly skilled lactation consultants available to serve Kansas families. Color-Filled 
Breastfeeding is open to all Kansans but will focus on providing scholarships to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) lactation consultants in Kansas, who are greatly underrepresented in skilled lactation professions.
September 16, 2021; 6-7 PM 
2021 Kansas Breastfeeding Conference – Oct. 14-15 are community engagement topics and registration is FREE for those days for those not wanting continuing education. Oct. 28-29 are “hot topics” in clinical lactation. Registration for all 4 days with ~12 hours of CEs is only $130! Agenda and registration DETAILS HERE 
Obstetrical Racism: Birth and Breastfeeding Trauma Webinar, Aug 25: 12-1 pm, Speaker: Hakima Tafunzi Payne MSN RN, Uzazi Village, Kansas City, MO. No registration required. DETAILS HERE 

new study of 2019 birth certificate data finds that breastfeeding initiation rates vary geographically, with large racial/ethnic disparities. In Kansas, breastfeeding initiation rates ranged from 93.4% among Asian mothers to 77.3% among Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, a disparity of 16.1 percentage points.  

KBC adopts new policies:

NEW KBC General Meeting – December 3, 12-1 pm, join here - https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/486640693
Call in at (408) 650-3123 Access Code: 486-640-693 


NEW State of Breastfeeding in Kansas 2021 – the latest breastfeeding data for Kansas to drive change and improve breastfeeding policies, systems and environments

NEW Kansas Employer Report – new resource for advocates interested in improving employer support for breastfeeding employees.  This short, but powerful, report using data from the 2021 Kansas Employer Survey to highlight best practices for workplace support for breastfeeding. Share with business groups, individual employers, civic organizations, and Chambers of Commerce.
NEW KBC webpages—Mental Health”  and Safe Sleep & Breastfeeding

Kansas Infographic Cards to Support Families During Emergencies – to distribute through food pantries, shelters, etc.

KBC educational webinar recordingsAll KBC archived webinars, including some sessions from the 2020 Kansas Breastfeeding Conference.

Kansas School-District Resources:

Continuity of Care for Breastfeeding Blueprint – webinar Aug. 24th, 12-1 pm Details and Registration.

Handouts on Breastfeeding Basics and Common Topics (Arabic, Chinese, English, Polish, Spanish, and Vietnamese, from Lactation Education Resources)

NEW Resources on Tongue-Tie & Hypoglycemia from Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine


Congratulations to Gina Slayden, RN, IBCLC at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, featured in this wonderful news story highlighting the good work she does to support breastfeeding families.  

Congratulations to Diana Lady, KBC Board Member – Diana Lady was named “Community Health Worker of the Year” by the Kansas Community Health Worker Coalition. Diana serves on the KBC Board of Directors. 

Congratulations to Salina Regional Health Center for the addition of a lactation “pod” in their main lobby for visitors and employees.

Congratulations to Wichita Black Breastfeeding Coalition and Cradle Kansas Cityboth were selected to participate in Cohort C of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep Improvement and Innovation Network (NAPPSS-IIN) safe sleep and breastfeeding collaborative.

Kansas Attendees of the 2021 USBC National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition was pleased to provide stipends to more than 10 individuals to attend the USBC online national conference. Please click below to read highlights from the conference in their own words.
Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. | ksbreastfeeding.org