The Breastfeeding Center and Indian Health:
Working toward Baby-Friendly Hospitals
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. 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.
Supporting Breastfeeding at Birth in Indian Country
May 1st, 2014
This one day conference, held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM, focused on promoting breastfeeding at birth through hospital policies and Baby-FriendlyTM designation, and highlighted the past, present, and future of maternity care and infant feeding in Indian Country.
This conference allowed participants to share strategies for achieving Baby-Friendly hospital designation and focus on culturally rooted community efforts to successfully promote and support breastfeeding in Indian Country. In addition, participants were provided with the opportunity for networking and partnership to advocate for breastfeeding friendly practices, policies, and services in hospitals, clinics and communities. Thanks to all the speakers and attendees who made this conference such a great success!
For more information about breastfeeding in Indian Country, visit: http://indiancountrybreastfeeds.org/
For any questions, please email: IndianCountryBreastfeeds@gmail.com