The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition is a 501C3 nonprofit and forum open to all to develop and implement effective breastfeeding promotion and support strategies. The coalition was established in 1985 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2005 while still operating under the Virginia Department of Health. In 2008, the coalition became a separate entity "of the people" and was granted its federal 501C3 nonprofit status.
The coalition now serves the commonwealth of Virginia by acting as a central hub for the many local groups, professional organizations and practitioners supporting breastfeeding. We also host quarterly board meeting with speakers that allow professionals to earn Continuing Education credits.
Please feel free to attend our meetings, utilized the resources on our website, follow us on social media (links above), and subscribe to our free newsletter (link above).
To improve infant and family health by making breastfeeding the cultural norm
To create a supportive public environment
To improve the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration
in Virginia to meet the National Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Objective of :
- 81.9% of women breastfeeding at hospital discharge
- 60.6 % breastfeeding their infants at 6 months and
- 34.1 % breastfeeding their infants at 1 year of age.
To increase public awareness of breastfeeding support networks
To advance the “breastfeeding friendly” model of health care delivery and offer professional education to health care providers
To increase positive breastfeeding messages in the media and commercial sector
To protect the rights and needs of breastfeeding families and to promote breastfeeding as a way to decrease health care costs
JOIN OUR QUARTERLY MEETINGS!
Meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the address below and are open to all. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.
Our quarterly board meetings are held at:
Please note our NEW MEETING PLACE:
Henrico County Public Library
5001 Twin Hickory Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
2019 MEETING DATES ARE:
Our joint annual meeting with the Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee will be in September and the meeting date and location will be announced this summer.
PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR E-NEWSLETTER FOR LAST MINUTE CHANGES IN MEETING DATES DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
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