Supporting Breastfeeding at Birth in Indian Country
May 1st, 2014
This conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM, and funded by the Kellogg Foundation, will focus on promoting breastfeeding at birth through hospital policies and Baby-FriendlyTM designation, and will highlight the past, present, and future of maternity care and infant feeding in Indian Country.
Take a look at the Conference Agenda!
REGISTRATION AND SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
Conference Keynote Speakers
Gayle Dine'Chacon - "Talk the Beauty and Walk the Beauty"
Bethany Moody - "The Wisdom of Nokomis/Grandmother"
Clifton Kenon Jr - "Accountability and Sustainability – Nurses and the BFHI"
Camie Jae Goldhammer - "The Native American Breastfeeding Coaltion of Washington: A Holistic Approach to Breastfeeding Promotion"
Rafael Perez-Escamilla - "Beyond the Baby-Friendly Hospital: Scaling up and Baby-Friendly Communities"
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Director, Office of Public Health Practice Director, Global Health Concentration Yale School of Public Health
For more information, email: IndianCountryBreastfeeds@gmail.com
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Breastfeeding helps to prevent numerous health problems which afflict Native American communities, such as obesity, and type II diabetes in mothers and children. The Breastfeeding Center is involved in multiple partnerships to increase breastfeeding in Indian Country.
As part of Michelle Obama's initiative Let's Move! In Indian Country, the Indian Health Service (IHS) aims to make all 13 delivery hospitals Baby-Friendly by the end of 2014. So far, 6 IHS hospitals have been Baby-Friendly designated. Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Quentin N Burdick Memorial hospital were designated in December 2012 and are the first three Baby-Friendly hospitals in the Dakotas. Claremore Indian Hospital (designated June 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Oklahoma, Phoenix Indian Medical Center (designated June 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Arizona, and Zuni Indian Hospital (designated November 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in New Mexico.
In addition, with funding and support from the Kellogg Foundation, The Breastfeeding Center is working with Native American communities to help implement the BFHI in hospitals serving Native Americans throughout the United States. We are also working with community groups like the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition to increase breastfeeding in locations beyond the hospital.