ECABS National Breastfeeding Month Awards Night 2016

Tonight we were able to honor two awardees for their support and advocacy for breastfeeding in our area. Dr. Jason Straub, Pediatrician at Pensacola Pediatrics in Pensacola, is the 2016 recipient of the Physician Leadership Award and Judi Deavenport RNC, BSN, Labor & Delivery Nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL is the recipient of the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service AwardDr. Straub has been an advocate for breastfeeding with his patients throughout his residency and has sought to maintain frequent monitoring of baby weights through Lactation visits after discharge. He currently serves as the Medical Director for ECABS. Judi Deavenport has worked at each of the three main hospitals in Pensacola over the past 25 years. She has been an early advocate for skin-to-skin and baby-friendly practices throughout her career. She has recently become the grandmother of adorable twins who are exclusively breastfed. She says this event has required the culmination of all she has learned regarding advocating for mothers and babies.
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Dr. Jason Straub and Judi Deavenport

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Judi with colleagues from all three local hospitals

The Pensacola Interstate Fair is about to start! We need volunteers

We will again be sponsoring and managing a breastfeeding support booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair on October 16th to 26th. ECABS will provide an area for moms to breastfeed in a clean, private area as well as provide a changing table, supplies, and water for moms. This will be our FIFTH year at the fair. We’ve learned a lot from these opportunities to serve our community, and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to staff the booth during most of the times the fair is open: weekdays 4p.m.-9p.m. and weekends 11a.m.-9p.m.

What do we need right now?
People to volunteer to help. Anyone who wishes to go online and schedule to volunteer at the booth can do so, and we will keep an online calendar frequently updated with the results. The website for the calendar and online sign-up is:
https://emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/fair-calendar.html Look at the top or bottom of the page for the link to the sign-up form.

Nominations Still Open for August National Breastfeeding Month Awards

The Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support will again celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August with a special meeting to honor physicians and breastfeeding supporters who go above and beyond the norm in their support, protection and promotion of breastfeeding. We would like your help in this endeavor. Nominations for these awards can be made at our website: emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/wbwawards. This site provides an ongoing opportunity for nominations. Anyone may complete a nomination for a breastfeeding supporter who meets the criteria for either award: the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award and the Physician Leadership Award. The ECABS board will evaluate the nominees and select the final recipients of the awards. The awards will be made at the August National Breastfeeding Month Celebration. Nominations will be accepted year-round with this year’s deadline for nominations being July 15, 2014. Any suggestions you would like to give for our celebration would be greatly appreciated. Please make plans to attend the celebration, August 14th, 2014. Location and further information will be forthcoming.

The fair is coming! ECABS need volunteers for fair booth!

We will once again be sponsoring and managing a breastfeeding support booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair on October 17th to 27th. ECABS will provide an area for moms to breastfeed in a clean, private area as well as provide a changing table, supplies, and water for moms. This will be our FOURTH year at the fair. We’ve learned a lot from these opportunities to serve our community, and we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to staff the booth during most of the times the fair is open: weekdays 4p.m.-9p.m. and weekends 11a.m.-9p.m.

What do we need right now?
People to volunteer to help. Anyone who wishes to go online and schedule to volunteer at the booth can do so, and we will keep an online calendar frequently updated with the results. The website for the calendar and online sign-up is:
https://emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/fair-calendar.html Look at the top or bottom of the page for the link to the sign-up form.

Nominations for ECABS Awards Nears Deadline

The Emerald Coast Alliance for Breastfeeding Support will again celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month in August with a special meeting to honor physicians and breastfeeding supporters who go above and beyond the norm in their support, protection and promotion of breastfeeding. We would like your help in this endeavor.

Nominations for these awards can be made at our website: emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/wbwawards. This site provides an ongoing opportunity for nominations. Anyone may complete a nomination for a breastfeeding supporter who meets the criteria for either award: the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award and the Physician Leadership Award. The ECABS board will evaluate the nominees and select the final recipients of the awards. The awards will be made at the August National Breastfeeding Month Celebration. Nominations will be accepted year-round with this year’s deadline for nominations being July 16, 2013.

Any suggestions you would like to give for our celebration would be greatly appreciated. Please make plans to attend the celebration, August 15th, 2013 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola, FL. Further information will be forthcoming.

It’s Only Natural – New Breastfeeding Campaign

Today, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA announced the launch of It’s Only Natural, a new public education campaign that aims to raise awareness among African American women of the importance of and benefits associated with breastfeeding and provide helpful tips.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health collaborated on the breastfeeding campaign. It’s Only Natural helps African American women and their families understand the health benefits of breastfeeding — not just for babies, but for moms too. At the campaign’s website women will find information on topics such as addressing breastfeeding myths, overcoming challenges, and finding support, as well as video testimonials from breastfeeding moms.

Although recent information indicates that breastfeeding rates among African American women are increasing, there is still a significant difference in the number of African American women who begin and continue breastfeeding their children compared with other ethnicities. It’s Only Natural will help new moms make the choice to breastfeed and will encourage them to seek support.

The website also includes resources for conducting community-based breastfeeding support sessions. Posters, fact sheets, and a breastfeeding session leader’s guide will help communities provide hands-on support for breastfeeding mothers.

Please take a moment to visit the It’s Only Natural website and tell your colleagues, partners, and friends about the valuable information available to African American women and their families.

Developing a Successful Hospital Lactation Program

The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) will host a free webinar, Developing a Successful Hospital Lactation Program, on January 10th at 6pm EST. Presented by Rebecca Mannel, BS, IBCLC, FILCA, the presentation will describe key elements in developing and maintaining a successful hospital lactation service. Following the session, participants will be able to identify key elements of lactation programs of interest to hospital administrators; calculate hospital staffing needs; identify key elements of a hospital lactation service; and identify a hospital policy needed at the participant’s facility. For more information, or to register, go to the ILCA website.  Note there are several FREE upcoming Webinars on this webpage.

ECABS president co-authors book on infant care

Miriam Chickering and Ronda Yoder (president of ECABS) recently released a new book entitled The Gentle Art of Mothering: A Christian Guide to Infant Care. As many of you know, this book has been in the works for the past two years. Initially, they began with a need to write an evidenced-based mothering book from a Biblical framework for Christian moms. The book has grown into much more. It takes a balanced approach that will help you choose the best combination of parenting techniques for your unique family. This book offers a practical, evidence-based framework for parenting that describes a place where God’s love and grace operate freely in family relationships.

They have a Facebook page. The book is available at Amazon and CreateSpace. You can contact Ronda at drryoder”at”cox.net with any feedback about the book. You can also follow them on Twitter @GentlyMothering.

Breastfeeding is Bipartisan: Ask Your Candidates Where They Stand!

It’s time for our candidates to tell us where they stand on the legislation and policies that moms need and deserve to be successful in reaching their personal breastfeeding goals!

Although you’ve sent over 13,000 letters to Congress in support of theBreastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011, and more than 3,600 letters to saveWIC peer counseling funding, bipartisan support is needed to make real progress. And we all know that in an election year, the odds of getting both parties on the same page are, well, not favorable…

That’s why we are thrilled to launch the “Breastfeeding is Bipartisan: Tweet Your Candidates” campaign.

The time is right: members of Congress and their opponents are out in our communities, talking to the public about the issues that matter. With just a few simple steps, you can ask them to stand up for breastfeeding families…while also educating them about why breastfeeding is a bipartisan issue, and what types of protection and support will really make a difference.

To make it easy, we’ve created a state-by-state tool with a built-in custom Tweet, pre-populated with the Twitter usernames for the candidates in each Congressional race. Asking your candidates to go on record in support of breastfeeding moms is just a few clicks away!

Why Twitter? We have been amazed at the number of elected officials and candidates using Twitter to engage with their constituents. It’s a direct and public way for you to let them know what issues are important to YOU. Politicians want to hear from their constituents! But to be able to track our reach, it’s important for all of us to use the hashtag#BreastfeedingIsBipartisan.

Although much progress has been made, the story of elementary school teacher Anna Johnson-Smith illustrates why we just can’t let election-year politics discourage us:

In preparation for the new school year, Anna notified school administration of her intent to pump breast milk during the school day for her 4½ month old daughter. Anna’s free planning periods were scheduled in the morning, so she only needed to request someone to cover her classroom for about 15 minutes each afternoon. The school was unreliable at finding someone to cover this short afternoon break, so she frequently missed pumping sessions. Two weeks into the school year Anna was told the school could not accommodate her request. By then her milk supply had already been reduced by half, and Anna made the decision to resign.

This is unacceptable: no mother should ever be forced to choose between a paycheck and continuing to breastfeed! Although the federal “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” provision has gone a long way to enhance support for breastfeeding and working moms, it does not cover everyone. The Breastfeeding Promotion Act would fill this gap to ensure that an additional 13.5 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including school teachers like Anna, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.

Don’t delay! As election day draws nearer, we have a great opportunity to be heard, and we need your help to spread the word. Forward this e-mail, share the campaign web page on social media, and then go Tweet your candidates! With your participation, we have the power to make sure every candidate knows the important role they play in supporting moms to reach their breastfeeding goals.

Thanks for all that you do,

Megan E. Renner
Executive Director


United States Breastfeeding Committee
2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800 ♦ Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202/367-1132 ♦ Fax: 202/367-2132
E-mail: office@usbreastfeeding.org

Best for Babes “Nursing in Public” Harassment Hotline

Best for Babes (ww.bestforbabes.org) has initiated a hotline (1-855-NIP-FREE) where moms across the country who have faced NIP (nursing in public) harassment, can call to get support from someone who has walked in their shoes, and suggestions on how they too can harness their energy to help other mothers and babies by strengthening legislation, raising awareness about the rights of the breastfeeding pair, and fixing the problem!

The hotline is the one place to report and the one place to record NIP incidents. Having records of as many incidents as possible, even if the mom chooses not to take action on her own, will be instrumental as proof when big steps, like encouraging companies or legislators to make real changes, are needed. Documenting for the media, moms, companies, legislators exactly how many problems mothers have is something that can put a real face on the problem.

When a Mom calls the hotline (855-NIP-FREE) she will be asked to record a message, and an experienced volunteer Mom, who has faced NIP harassment herself, will help the aggrieved mother understand what their rights are and suggest ways to navigate through the situation. All personal information will be kept private.

To read more about the hotline, go to:
http://www.bestforbabes.org/announcing-1-855-nip-free-the-best-for-babes-nursing-in-public-harassment-hotline