Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition


VIRGINIA breastfeeding resources

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Virginia's State Breastfeeding Coordinator. Jarene Fleming assumed the position of State Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Health in January 2016.  She joined VDH from the University of Miami Jasmine Project, a National Institute of Health sponsored Healthy Start program. There she provided direct client services, conducted research, developed breastfeeding curricula, and spearheaded community engagement and outreach. Jarene is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a La Leche League Leader. Prior to working in Health and Human Services, she had an extensive career in film and television. Making a positive impact in the area of maternal and infant health through breastfeeding is her passion. Her particular focus is closing the racial health disparity gap by promoting breastfeeding for all families.  You can contact Jarene at


Meet Virginia's Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Liaison for the state WIC program. Audrey Hammonds assumed the position of Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Liaison for the state WIC program with the Virginia Department of Health in June 2018.  She joined VDH from the North Carolina WIC program. There she provided direct client services in clinical lactation support through the WIC program. She worked collaboratively at the state and local level to promote community engagement and outreach with organizations including the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition and the Tri-County Breastfeeding Coalition in Southeastern North Carolina. Audrey is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Nutritionist. Making a positive impact in the area of maternal and infant health through breastfeeding promotion and support is her passion. Her particular focus is collaboration and coalition building to bridge the gaps in breastfeeding support for all families.  You can contact Audrey at 

ACLU's Know Your Rights Booklet. The ACLU’s Know Your Rights booklet provides effective and useful guidance for pregnant, post-partum, and breastfeeding workers in a user-friendly, question and answer format. You can also consult the ACLU’s overview of federal employment laws that apply when pregnant or breastfeeding on the job.

CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card for 2018. See how Virginia Ranks compared to other states!

CDC's mPINC Report for Virginia. Aggregate data are shared with state organizations, such as state health departments and state breastfeeding coalitions, to support their work with hospitals and birth centers to improve maternity care. State Reports summarize the strength of breastfeeding support in hospitals and birth centers in each state, as well as the areas that need improvement. These reports identify opportunities for states to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers and infants, and reports from multiple years allow for tracking trends over time.

Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #73: Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FLSA.This fact sheet provides general information on the break time requirement for nursing mothers in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), which took effect when the PPACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010 (P.L. 111-148). This law amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

King's Daughters Milk Bank at CHKD. The King’s Daughters Milk Bank at CHKD is a nonprofit, hospital-based donor milk bank established to provide the life-saving benefits of breast milk to severely premature and critically-ill infants, improving their potential to survive and thrive.

Postpartum Support VA Postpartum Support Virginia helps new and expectant mothers and their families overcome anxiety and depression.

​Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee  Mission: To improve the health of Virginia families by protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding throughout the Commonwealth. Vision The Virginia Breastfeeding Advisory Committee envisions breastfeeding as the cultural norm for infant and child feeding throughout the Commonwealth.

Virginia's Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Virginia Breastfeeding Law Cards

VIrginia's Breastfeeding Laws

Virginia Breastfeeding Welcome Here Decal

Virginia's Guide to Breastfeeding Laws for Businesses

Virginia's Local Support Groups

Virginia Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborative. The aim of the Virginia Maternity Care Quality Improvement Collaborativeis for 30 of Virginia’s 59maternity facilities to achieve four of five stars from the Virginia Maternity Care Breastfeeding- Friendly Designation program (equates to eight of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding).

The National Breastfeeding Month 2018 slideshow from the US Breastfeeding Committee provides a small taste of the incredible celebrations hosted by advocates around the Nation. The slideshow features photos from a variety of events, including a Breastfeeding Awareness Walk in Lansing, Michigan; a Breastfeeding Family Picnic in Portland, Maine; Big Latch On events in Carrollton, GA and various locations in Nevada; USBC deliveries of organizational sign-on letters; and photo shoots for Black Breastfeeding Week from North Carolina, Nevada, and Arkansas. Thank you to all who submitted their images and information!

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Only licensed physicians are eligible to become members

Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Policy Statement

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative USA Non-profit organization implementing the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in the USA

Breastfeeding Legislation and Policy Toolkit. The USBC has developed the Breastfeeding Legislation & Policy Update, a toolkit to provide advocates across the First Food field with information, talking points, and action opportunities. This toolkit makes it easier than ever to get involved and make the important changes that our Nation's families need and deserve. Use it to build talking points for meetings with policymakers, find individual and organizational action opportunities, and much more. Together, we can make positive change for breastfeeding families!

Business Case for Breast-feeding. The Office of Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace.​

Human Milk Banking Association of North America

International Lactation Consultant Association.  Professional association for lactation consultants and breastfeeding promotion advocates

La Leche League. Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.​

BreastfeedingOnLine A web page developed by  Cindy Curtis, RNC,IBCLC,CCE,CD contains general information for mother’s and professionals, as well as the complete and up to date compilation Jack Newman’s MD’s articles

Black Breastfeeding Week. Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even bigger one for duration has lingered for so long is reason enough to take 7 days to focus on the issue, but here are a few more.

Hand Expression. Dr. Jane Morton’s Stanford University research based video on hand expression.

Infant Feeding in Emergencies (multi-lingual).  Resources in 13 languages provided by La Leche League.

Journal of Human Lactation. Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is the official journal of ILCA. It is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, insights in practice and policy, commentaries, and case reports relating to research and practice in human lactation and breastfeeding. JHL is relevant to lactation professionals in clinical practice, public health, research, and a broad range of fields related to the trans-disciplinary field of human lactation.

National Breastfeeding Month. In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), each year the USBC hosts a social media advocacy and/or outreach campaign inviting breastfeeding coalitions, member/partner organizations, and individual supporters to join online actions and conversations to build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build a "landscape of breastfeeding support." Read on for resources, tools, and weekly themes from 2018.

National Partnership for Women and Children. Family and Medical Leave Act science, public policy and action items. Drafted by the National Partnership and signed by President Clinton in 1993, the FMLA is the nation’s first and only national law designed to help Americans meet the dual demands of work and family.

Paid Family and Medical Leave in the United States: A Research Agenda. The report provides an overview of current research on paid leave, including its effects on individual health and employment outcomes, business and employee outcomes, and the economy as a whole. It also identifies key outstanding questions that future research could address to help inform public policy.

Postpartum Support International PSI’s mission is to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional changes that women experience during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  PSI maintains a terrific list of books about pregnancy, motherhood, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.​

​WIC Breastfeeding Support. US Department of Agriculture's page provides many resources, tools and videos to help moms and families prepare to breastfeed successfully.

Women’s Health Info and Breastfeeding from the US Department of Health and Human Services

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action  Generates information on World Breastfeeding Week

World Health Organization WHO International Breastfeeding Code