Volume 6, Issue 5 | October 5, 2018
Communities Supporting Breastfeeding
Congratulations to Parsons, KS the newest Community Supporting Breastfeeding!
Harvey County commission proclamation reading after becoming a Community Supporting Breastfeeding.
Congratulations to the following four communities who have been selected to receive assistance from the KBC to achieve the “ Community Supporting Breastfeeding ” (CSB):

  • Dodge City
  • Franklin County
  • Michelle County
  • Neosho County

The KBC received funding from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to help these communities achieve the CSB designation by July 1, 2019. The CSB designation was featured in the  NACCHO Exchange Breastfeeding Issue , pages 18-20. There are currently 20 “Communities Supporting Breastfeeding” in Kansas. Visit the KBC website for a listing.
KBC General Membership Meeting

The next General membership meeting will be October 12, 2018 , 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
NOTE Later start time

Click the "Meeting Agenda" button for the latest version (10/11/18).

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 
Breastfeeding Education Survey

Your input is needed! The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is considering offering in-person breastfeeding education starting in 2019 to meet the needs of anyone serving families, from the new home visitor to the breastfeeding peer counselor and the experienced hospital-based lactation consultant.  

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help the KBC design breastfeeding education opportunities that would best suit your needs.

The survey will close at 5 PM on Oct. 19 th . Please forward this survey to others. We would like to hear from as many people in Kansas as possible who are interested in furthering their breastfeeding education.

Thank you for your help!

KanCare covers lactation counseling!!  Effective Oct. 1, 2018, lactation counseling services will be covered by KanCare MCOs (Sunflower, United Healthcare and Aetna) under code S9443 for nonphysician lactation consultants. KanCare bulletin 18189 provides details about who can bill and what is covered.  For more information on insurance billing for lactation services in general, watch the recording of   Insurance Payment for Lactation Services” webinar featuring Susanne Madden, National Breastfeeding Center & Sunee Mickle, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas.  
NEW! 2018  “State of Breastfeeding in Kansas"
The new report from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition contains current breastfeeding data and reflects the improving landscape of breastfeeding in Kansas. It also contains specific actions for various groups to take to build on the momentum we’ve created together. This is a wonderful resource to share with local partners and funders.
KBC Workplace webpage updated!

NEW resources for breastfeeding supporters, employees  and students are all now compiled and at your fingertips!  This page is designed for those helping breastfeeding mothers return to work or school and mothers themselves.  The ever-popular “ Referral Form” is easily accessed on the new Workplace page. The KBC’s  Business Case for Breastfeeding website continues to provide in-depth resources and content specifically for employers.
Register now for the 2018 Breastfeeding Conference , Nov. 1-2 in Wichita

Space is limited so register  soon

DAY ONE - Thursday, November 1  
The first day of the conference will focus on building the capacity of local breastfeeding coalitions to successfully create communities supporting breastfeeding. Registration for Day 1 will be FREE and will include a KBC membership for 2019 for all attendees.

DAY TWO - Friday, November 2
The second day of the conference will focus on “hot topics” in lactation to provide clinical skills and breastfeeding knowledge for healthcare professionals and others who serve families. The registration fee for Day 2 is $110.  Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and for continuing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Look where we’ve been!  
KBC Board Members Treva Smith and Earlisha Killeen, along with KBC ED Brenda Bandy, presented about diverse funding and the CSB designation at the  U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening,  Aug. 3-5 in Atlanta. Board member Treva Smith was recognized by the USBC with the “Emerging Leader Award.”
Kara Watts, Kansas WIC, and Brenda Bandy presented about the  Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation at the  National WIC Assoc. Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference , Sept. 27, New Orleans.
Brenda Bandy, Kara Watts and Cheryl Lebedevitch with USBC presented a 1-hr. webinar “ Workplace Law and the Role of WIC for the  National WIC Assoc.  Aug. 30.

Brenda Bandy and Stephanne Rupnicki, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the Prairie Band Potawatomie Tribe, presented about the CSB designation and its adaptations for tribal and African-American communities at the  Kansas Public Health Association conference, Oct. 2, Wichita

The KBC exhibited at:
  • Working Well Conference, Aug. 29, Wichita
  • Kansas Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Conference, Sept. 19-20, Wichita
  • Kansas Public Health Association conference, Oct. 2-3, Wichita
  • Kansas League of Municipalities conference, Oct. 7-8, Topeka
KBC at the Kansas Society of Human Resource Management Conference, Sept. 19-20, Wichita
Look where we're going!   

Look for the KBC will be at the following upcoming conferences or events:
  • KU Public Health Grand Rounds, Nov. 7, 12-1 PM.  Hakima Payne with Uzazi Village and Dr. Lisette Jacobson, KU School of Medicine – Wichita, along with Brenda Bandy, will present Breastfeeding: Racial Disparities and New Research. Registration is open and virtual participation is available.  The presentation will be recorded.  
  • 42nd Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, Nov. 8-9, Wichita, presenting Intersection of Breastfeeding & Safe Infant Sleep, co-presenting with Christy Schunn, KIDS Network
  • Kansas School Board Association, Dec. 1, Overland Park, presenting a panel of school district superintendents, school board members and HR directors to discuss district implementation of a lactation support policy
  • 2018 Heartland​ ​Conference on Health Equity and Patient Centered Care, Dec. 6-7, Olathe
New “ Breastfeeding Employee Support Award” recipients :
  • Kansas City Kansas USD #500 (Gold)*
  • Envision Child Development Center, Wichita (Gold)
  • Western Plains Medical Center, Dodge City (Silver)
  • Stevens & Brand, LLP, Lawrence (Bronze)

*During the August 14 Board of Education meeting, KBC Board member Treva Smith and Member Tanya Lorenzo presented the Gold Level Breastfeeding Employee Support Award in recognition of support for breastfeeding employees to KCKPS Board member Dr. Stacy Yeager and Superintendent Dr. Charles Foust. 

TIP - If you know of an employer who supports their breastfeeding employees, please provide their name and contact information to Brenda Bandy at  bbandy@ksbreastfeeding.org .
Building Local Breastfeeding Coalition  calls:  

The next Building Local Breastfeeding Coalition  call will be Nov. 9 th from 9:00 to 10:00 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.   

Save these 2019 dates for calls from 9-10 AM: Feb. 15 th , May 17, Aug. 23 & Nov. 15  

To join, click the yellow button below. You can also dial in using your phone at (669) 224-3412; Access Code: 438-671-789 
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