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Kane County Board proclaimed August Breastfeeding Awareness Month
The Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition is formed by participants from diverse aspects of the community, including the local hospitals, community health centers, WIC Programs, the Kane County Health Department, private lactation consultants, community groups that promote breastfeeding, and others.
Mission:  The mission of the Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition is to engage all interested community members in improving health by making breastfeeding information and support available to new parents.
The goal is to help parents make informed choices about breastfeeding as early as possible during pregnancy and to support that choice as soon as the baby is born. 
 
Poster & Map of Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition Services
Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition Infant Feeding Survey Report Released 8-9-16
 
 Kane County Can Do Five Breastfeeding Tool Kit
This is an online resource for primary care providers delivering obstetric and pediatric care. The Can Do Five Breastfeeding Tool Kit is a consolidated, practical grouping of information and tools that facilitates the efforts of primary care practices to develop policies and practices that promote breastfeeding in a consistent, comprehensive way.

The Tool Kit was developed by our local Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition.
LINK TO THE TOOL KIT             Can Do Five FAQs
 
Materials:
Poster:  Mama's Breastmilk Place  English       Spanish
  size: 11 x 17
Bookmark:       English       Spanish
Breastfeeding
Contact Information:  
Call 630-264-7653 
 
Meetings:
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of odd months,
8 -9:30 a.m., at:
Northwestern Medical Delnor Hospital
3000 Randall Road Geneva, IL 60134
Phone Meetings are held on the first Thursday of even months,
8 -9:30 a.m.
The call in number is sent by email
For more information about meetings contact us at
630-264-7653
Community members are welcome to join us as we meet monthly to increase the proportion of infants that are breastfed throughout the county.
 
Our current members
  (with links, when available):
Aunt Martha’s Health Network
Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
Greater Elgin Family Care Center
Kane County Health Department
Rush Copley Medical Center
Advocate Sherman Hospital
VNA Health Care
Well Child Center
 
The Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition is an essential health partnership to help achieve the
2030 Kane County health vision:
“To have the healthiest residents
in Illinois!”
Additional Links:
World Breastfeeding Week in the first week of August
American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Initiatives
The Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition participated in The Big Latch On in August 2016. Nearly 200 people attended at three locations in Kane County. Besides recognizing breastfeeding as a healthy infant feeding choice, The Big Latch On brought parents together to share perspectives and receive support.

A survey of third-trimester pregnant mothers is available from the Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition.  Read it HERE. This survey was designed to better understand parents' needs and expectations for breastfeeding support as we proceed with breastfeeding initiatives.


Kane County’s first Human Milk Depot is open at Advocate Sherman Hospital –ready for mothers who register to donate breast milk for preterm infants. Their first shipment was just delivered to the Indiana Milk Bank!

Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is piloting outpatient breastfeeding services for expectant mothers.

Advocate Sherman Hospital and Rush-Copley Medical Center achieved certification as Baby-Friendly Hospitals, meeting national criteria for breastfeeding support to mothers and newborns.

Currently 71.45% of infants born in Kane County hospitals intiate breastfeeding. The Healthy People 2020 goal is 81.9%.

Becoming more baby friendly in the office is now easier, thanks to the “Can-Do-Five” Toolkit launched by the Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition.  Providers can look at the ideas in the kit at www.candofive.org and pick five to implement in their office today!

A FREE DVD is available featuring renowned speaker, breastfeeding expert, author, professor and practicing pediatrician, Dr. Jennifer Thomas, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM who addressed Kane County health care professionals at Breastfeeding Conference
Call 630-264-7653 to receive your copy!
 
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