Utah Breastfeeding Coalition Efforts

March 20, 2011 at 12:52 am 4 comments

As far as Utah is concerned, we have a lot of positive things going for us when it comes to breastfeeding numbers.  A big part of that is all the efforts of the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition and the initiatives that they have taken in the state of Utah to promote breastfeeding in the community.  Here are a few that they are involved in, and that you can get involved in too!

 

 

Ban the Bags Campaign

Ban the bags is actually a national campaign that Utah breastfeeding coalition advocates for to stop formula company marketing in maternity hospitals.  Studies have shown that this marketing undermines mothers who choose to breastfeed.  Anybody can get involved with the ban the bags campaign and if you would like to in Utah, contact banthebags@utahbreastfeeding.org or visit the official website to learn more.

Breastfeeding Cafe

This is an event that is held during the month of August, in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.  There are three main goals of the breastfeeding cafe:

  1. Show that breastfeeding is normal
  2. Inspire thought and conversation about breastfeeding
  3. Encourage relationships among breastfeeding advocates

This is a great annual event with something for everyone in the family, and in the community.  Organizations and coalitions are encouraged to contact the coalition with questions as well as support.  Volunteer opportunities are also available.  The breastfeeding cafe blog can be accessed for more information.

 

Non-Profit Human Milk Bank

The milk-bank task force is a group of individuals that are working to establish a non-profit milk bank in the state of Utah.  A milk-bank is a service established for the purpose of collecting, screening, processing, and distributed donated human milk to meet the specific medical needs of individuals for whom it is prescribed.  The Utah breastfeeding Coalition has a blog that answers plenty of questions for about general concerns, health and safety concerns, making choices, and those questions specifically that donors may have.  For those that want to get involved, the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) can help you to help others.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dneeley  |  March 24, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I think that the idea of banning the bag is a little silly. It may influence some women to reconsider formula feeding, but have you been to DI lately? My lunch box is currently a similac bag and there were dozens of others there with it for a lot of different formula brands. I think that many women who want to breastfeed will do so even if the hospital keeps giving them bags with formula logos on them.

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  • 2. huisha  |  March 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I too did a breastfeeding blog, but i think it is a great idea that you created awareness about the Utah Breastfeeding Coalitions that are here in Utah, and not just one, but three! Your blog looks great! 🙂 yay for breastfeeding!

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  • 3. amyfrandsen  |  April 8, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I love the Breastfeeding Cafe idea!

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  • 4. Benjamin Wood  |  May 18, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Through the writings and stations, people are encouraged to engage all aspects of their humanness in the exercise.

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