Community / Project Resources
Making New London County Breastfeeding Friendly
By Thames Valley Council for Community Action
Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) presented this poster at NWA’s Annual Conference in April 2017. This poster highlighted their local work on breastfeeding during the CPHMC project. Activities included training lactation consultants, opening a Baby Cafe, implementing mother/breastfeeding friendly policies, and many more.
New London County Healthy Families Partnership (a coalition of agencies who work with mothers and children) conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment and identified a lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, a lack of support for breastfeeding, and perinatal mental health issues as the 3 top needs facing resource limited mothers and children in our county. Through a multi-sector coalition, we have been working to improve these two issues by: increasing the number of new businesses that publicly promote/welcome breastfeeding; increasing the number of new businesses that develop and/or implement policies to support breastfeeding; increasing the number of participating agencies integrated into a strong referral network; and increasing the number of agencies that receive training on WIC services/benefits, community chronic disease prevention and management services referrals, and breastfeeding. To address the lack of support and low duration rates of breastfeeding in our county, the coalition identified strategies to increase the support available to our families. The coordinated approach of multidisciplinary activities allowed us to target multiple aspects of breastfeeding support to achieve their ultimate goal of making New London County a more breastfeeding friendly community.
December 5, 2017
Thames Valley Council for Community Action (2017) Making New London County Breastfeeding Friendly. Available online: https://thewichub.sfo2.digitaloceanspaces.com/2017/12/TVCCA-Poster-Final.pdf