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: www.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:
http://www.emeraldcoastbreastfeeding.com/fair-calendar.html Look at the top or bottom of the page for the link to the sign-up form.

National Breastfeeding Month Celebration: Thursday August 15th.

ECABS is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month this coming Thursday, August 15th at the Sacred Heart MOB Meeting Room (off the main lobby) in Pensacola.

The celebration will begin at 6:30p.m. with a welcome to all those present. We will be presenting the third annual ECABS Awards to highlight individuals in our community who have shown leadership and significant contribution to promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding as a vital part of health and development of children and families.

Please join us in celebrating the work of our 2013 award recipients.

Dr. Joseph Peterson, Obstetrician and Assistant Professor at the FSU Residency Program in Pensacola, is the 2013 recipient of the Physician Leadership Award Christina Schaefer, CLC, is the recipient of the Frankie Mims Spirit of Service Award.

There were many wonderful nominations this year, and we look forward to recognizing others in the years to come. This exciting community event is open to the public and we want to encourage all breastfeeding supporters to attend.

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: www.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.

Survey for Breastfeeding Advocates Who are Not IBCLCs

We are researchers from the University of South Florida, College of Public
Health and we are looking for participants to take part in a brief (5
minute) online survey.

The purpose of this survey is to assess the need for a breastfeeding
education and clinical training program that would train students and
professionals to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs).

You are eligible to take this survey if you live/work/attend school in
Florida and do not already have the IBCLC credential.

We need students from all disciplines, nurses working with mothers and
infants, WIC nutritionists and peer counselors, community health workers who
work with mothers and infants, and any other individuals who work with or
are interested in working with mothers and babies.

Should you decide to complete this survey, you will have the opportunity
to enter a raffle for one of eight $25 Amazon.com gift cards. All
information you share will remain confidential.

If you are interested in completing the survey, please click on the
following link: https://usfhealth.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6P5Si2ftG8FFaf3

Please forward this information to others who may be interested. Thank you
for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Aimee Eden, PhD, MPH
Erica Anstey, MA, CLC
Deidre Orriola, MPH
Aynmarie Carter, BS, CLC
Kay Perrin, PhD
Department of Community & Family Health
College of Public Health
University of South Florida

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.

Substance Exposed Newborn – Call To Action Workshop

Regional workshop for Northwest Florida on the Substance Exposed Newborn to be held at Lakeview Center on April 26th – 8:30 am – 4 pm.  This meeting is an outgrowth of the wonderful dialogue started at the ECABS Methadone presentation last November.

Mission: To reduce the Prevalence of Substance Exposed Newborns by promoting a collaborative community System of Care

There will be presentations on the following topics:

  • Keynote: What should we include in a Community System of Care for these Infants?
  • SEN: a Growing Epidemic—How we got here and what we are doing about it.  - Dr Irv Williams —Lakeview Center Inc
  • The Effects of Opioids and Methadone on the fetus – Dr. Julie DeCesare — Seton Center
  • How to handle these infants once they go home - Dixie Morgese – Healthy Start Coalition, Daytona Beach
  • Community Workgroup to begin identifying gaps in OUR SEN Community System of Care

There is a downloadable flyer available here.

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.

New Links to Membership and Donations

We have finally been able to add links for membership and donation options. We are working with PayPal to provide online opportunities to donate and start or renew membership in ECABS. The links are available in the Right sidebar on any page of the website as well as on the Join page, where you can download an application to join. We want to make the form accessible online as soon as we can, to even further automate the process.