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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 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 every month, 8 -9:30 a.m.
at:
Delnor New Life Maternity Center
Conference Room
3000 Randall Road Geneva, IL 60134
 
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):
AOK Birth to Five Early Childhood
  Network
Aunt Martha’s Health Network
Cadence Health/Delnor Hospital
Family Focus
Greater Elgin Family Care Center
Kane County Health Department
Making Kane County Fit for Kids
Rush Copley Medical Center
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!”
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!

Cadence Delnor Hospital is piloting outpatient breastfeeding services for expectant mothers.

Rush-Copley Medical Center, the VNA, Well Child Center (Elgin) and Advocate Sherman Hospital all provide Breastfeeding Pumping Rooms for employees to use when they return to work.

Advocate Sherman and Rush-Copley Medical Center have formally begun the process for becoming certified as Baby-Friendly Hospitals, preparing to meet national criteria for breastfeeding support to mothers and newborns.

Currently 87.1% of infants born in Kane County hospitals are breastfeeding when they are discharged to home –higher than the Illinois rate of 75.2% or the US rate of 76.6%!

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!

A survey of third-trimester pregnant mothers is currently under development by the Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition, to better understand their needs and expectations for breastfeeding support as we proceed with breastfeeding initiatives.

The Kane County Breastfeeding Coalition just launched a “39 Seconds and Counting” Campaign, reaching out to obstetric providers with a pilot tool box of resources to increase prenatal breastfeeding education and support. Research shows that the earlier a breastfeeding decision is made, the more likely the newborn will initiate and sustain breastfeeding. Expect more “39 Seconds and Counting” messages soon!
 
World Breastfeeding Week in the first week of August      Website      Poster
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