Volume 9, Issue 4 | November 19, 2021

Friday, December 3rd | 12-1 p.m.

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12:00    Welcome
12:05    KanCare Breast Pump Coverage & Access: A Discussion with Aetna, Sunflower, and United Healthcare
12:20    Breast Pump Access in Johnson County – Chelsie Todd Deneault 
12:25    Breastfeeding Support in Southwest KansasCarmen Valverde & Sarah Jolley
12:35    KBC News:
12:50   Questions, discussion and sharing 
1:00     Adjourn

Meeting Dates for 2022: Feb. 11, May 13, Aug. 12, Dec. 9, online from 12 to 1 p.m.
Hello to all of our KBC Members, Staff, Board of Directors and Partners.

As the end of the year approaches I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on this past year. It has been yet another touch and go year with COVID-19 and I hope you all are staying healthy and doing your part to minimize the spread as much as possible. If you have any questions or need more education about COVID and the vaccine, the KBC has a webpage of COVID resources

There has also been as great deal of talk nationally about efforts to families. Check out our new First 1,000 Days advocacy program to keep track of federal and state policies for families. 

As we transition into the new year I'd like to formally welcome our new Co-Executive Director of the KBC, Jennie Toland. She brings a fresh and new approach to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, alongside Brenda Bandy. I see a bright future ahead with all things breastfeeding for Kansas!

Thank you so much for all that you do,
Stephanne Rupnicki, CLC
Chair, KBC Board of Directors
KBC Welcomes New Co-Executive Director!
  • Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Hays Medical Center are the newest Baby-Friendly Hospitals in Kansas! This bring the count to 9 Baby-Friendly Hospitals in our state meaning nearly 60% of babies in Kansas are born in a Baby-Friendly Hospital. 
  • Little Lambs Montessori (Mission) and Shooting Stars Montessori (Lenexa) for earning the Gold level “Breastfeeding Employee Support Award” from the KBC AND the “Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider” designation from Child Care Aware ® of Kansas. 

The CDC Kansas 2020 state Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) report is out! There is reason to celebrate in Kansas!: 
  • Kansas moved up to 13th in the national ranking, from 22nd in 2018 and 36th in 2015 
  • Kansas exceeds the national score for the first time, with a score of 83/100 compared to the national score of 81
The KBC was out and about! The KBC had an exhibit booth at the Kansas Society for Human Resource Management and the League of Kansas Municipalities annual conferences. We created lactation rooms at both conferences for attendees. Thank you to Kansas Power of the Positive for their support of these exhibit booths
NEW Resources




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