BREASTFEEDING USA, INC.

Empowering you with mother-to-mother support.

aka Breastfeeding USA   |   Davidson, NC   |  www.breastfeedingusa.org

Mission

Breastfeeding USA, Inc. was founded in 2010 to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.

Ruling year info

2011

President

Aimee Teslaw

Vice President

Amie Rakosky Hood

Main address

P.O. Box 2240

Davidson, NC 28036 USA

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EIN

27-3310090

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Breastfeeding USA’s vision is for every breastfeeding family to get the information and support they need from their personal community, healthcare providers, and society.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Breastfeeding Support

Provide skilled mother-to-mother/family support through one-on-one in-person, phone, and digital communications; in-person group Chapter Meetings; social media discussions.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

Train volunteer Breastfeeding Counselors with a standardized curriculum of evidenced based breastfeeding support.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Parents

Harness the power of members’ voices to advocate for a society in which all families have the information and support they need to breastfeed.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Breastfeeding USA provides evidence-based information and support, and promotes breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. We accomplish this through a network of trained breastfeeding counselors and comprehensive resources for the benefit of mothers and babies, families, and communities.

Breastfeeding USA’s founding core values were codified as:
--Promoting breastfeeding as a biological/cultural norm by sharing evidence-based information
--Serving families from all walks of life regardless of race, social class, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, education, employment status, or culture.
--Supporting families across all stages and forms of human milk feeding (including short term breastfeeding, use of donor milk, exclusively pumping, chest feeding, inducing lactation, and weaning) to make informed decisions and meet their personal goals
--Being a member-driven and member-governed organization

Breastfeeding Support: Provide skilled mother-to-mother/family support through
--One on one in-person, phone, and digital communications
--In person group Chapter Meetings
--Social media discussions

Breastfeeding Counselor Training: Train volunteer Breastfeeding Counselors with a standardized curriculum of evidenced-based breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding Advocacy: Harness the power of members’ voices to advocate for a society in which all families have the information and support they need to breastfeed

Breastfeeding Resource Hub: Build public awareness of Breastfeeding USA as a trusted source of an evidence-based breastfeeding information and support on breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Support: 241 Breastfeeding Counselors (BCs) in 41 states and 3 overseas military installations offer support in person, via telephone, and online.

Breastfeeding Counselor Training: Breastfeeding USA's online, self-paced course sees 5-6 BCs fully trained each month.

Breastfeeding Advocacy: Breastfeeding USA is a member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) with a seat on the Lactation Support Provider's Constellation, and regularly attends the USBC Annual Meeting. The Advocacy workgroup has also represented Breastfeeding USA at national conferences such as ILCA, USLCA, and BCs regularly do outreach in their local communities.

Breastfeeding Resource Hub: Breastfeeding USA's website currently hosts 64 articles written by our BCs and affiliated professionals. All articles submitted are evaluated by an internal Editorial Review Board.

Breastfeeding USA uses these strategies to cause the following outcomes or changes:
--Increased number of parents who meet their breastfeeding goals
--Increased numbers of trained Breastfeeding Counselors who use evidence-based approaches to support parents/families
--Increased awareness of and positive attitude towards breastfeeding as a biological and cultural norm
--Increased access to accurate evidence-based knowledge on breastfeeding

In 2018, Breastfeeding USA served 160,000 mother-baby pairs, and presently engages with 183K Facebook followers and 11.4K followers on Twitter.

Breastfeeding USA's 3-year strategic plan (2018-2021):
Goal 1: Deploy technology strategically to reduce unsustainable burdens on volunteers.
Goal 2: Strengthen the organization's financial position to underwrite needed investments.
Goal 3: Foster a more supported and engaged breastfeeding community.

Financials

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Operations

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BREASTFEEDING USA, INC.

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Aimee Teslaw

Jada Wright Nichols

Aimee Teslaw

Amie Hood

Stefanie Anderson

Kim Cierpik-Gold

Sharon Knorr

Kirsten Richardson

Elizabeth Laughlin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data