THE BREASTFEEDING TASK FORCE OF GREATER LOS ANGELES IS DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF INFANTS AND FAMILIES THROUGH EDUCATION, OUTREACH, AND ADVOCACY TO PROTECT, PROMOTE AND SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING.
2851 W 120th St Ste E # 335
Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA
Advocacy, Lactation Education, Outreach, Support
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There is less than a 50% chance to breastfeed exclusively in Los Angeles if the baby's mother is low-income and non-white. Increasing breastfeeding rates among low-income women and women of color is a key strategy for health improvement, food security, and prevention of pediatric obesity. Prenatal education and early follow-up are crucial to successful breastfeeding. Many hospitals do not offer sufficient postpartum breastfeeding support including accessible lactation clinics and community support groups. Women who encounter breastfeeding difficulties often never receive help, because they were not sufficiently educated or efficient services are not easily accessible. Hospitals alone are unable to meet the community's need for comprehensive perinatal breastfeeding support.
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BreastfeedLA provides technical assistance to hospitals working to achieve Baby-Friendly designation in part by co-leading the Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortiums (RHBC's) throughout the four regions of Los Angeles County. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program to recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding enabling more families to exclusively breastfeed, further closing the health disparities gap. Adherence to the Baby-Friendly Criteria decreases racial, ethnic, and socio-cultural disparities in breastfeeding rates in U.S. hospitals. RHBC meetings provide a forum for collaborative learning – bringing together public health officials, hospital administrators, and breastfeeding and quality improvement experts to create systems change and improve in-hospital breastfeeding policies and practices. In the last five years, BreastfeedLA assisted and supported 35 of the 54 maternity hospitals in L.A. County to achieve Baby-Friendly designation, including the entire Kaiser system. Many of the remaining 24 hospitals continue to work toward designation. During this time, the initiation of in-hospital breastfeeding in Los Angeles County increased from 71% to 93.8%. In addition, exclusive breastfeeding increased from 33% to 60.2%.
Through funding provided by First 5 LA over the past five years, BreastfeedLA has provided technical assistance to employers to strengthen lactation accommodations policies, provide appropriate time and space for expressing breast milk, and administer training with policy and program implementation. In collaboration with community partners, BreastfeedLA visits legislators and state agencies to educate them on the importance of stronger paid family leave and lactation accommodations programs. BreastfeedLA partnered with ACLU of Southern California and California Women’s Law Center to create a baseline report about lactation support for women, both students and employees, in the education field. We partnered with the 81 L.A. County school districts to provide technical assistance by way of policy evaluation, and time and space assessments, resulting in significant lactation accommodations improvements in just one year since the initial report. BreastfeedLA educates staff from the California Labor Commissioner and Department of Fair Employment and Housing office, California Department of Public Health, and Employment Development Department. We advocate for stronger lactation accommodations support to the Labor Commission. We provide trainings to employers and school districts using the existing federal evidence-based toolkit to support work environments where parents don’t have to choose between their children’s health and their paychecks.
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
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Goal 1 - Improve perinatal health outcomes and family wellbeing by increasing rates of initiation and duration of exclusive breastfeeding.
Goal 2 - Greater Los Angeles County is a breastfeeding-friendly environment for all.
1. Strategy: Increase the establishment of evidence-based perinatal care practices supportive of breastfeeding in health care facilities. 2. Strategy: Build capacity of organizations and individuals who provide breastfeeding support and services. 3. Strategy: Ensure and promote data driven efforts to improve initiation and duration of breastfeeding. 4. Strategy: Be a comprehensive local breastfeeding resource for families and the community. 5. Strategy: Empower all sectors to provide appropriate support to breastfeeding families within the scope of their work and environment: healthcare professionals; allied caregivers; employers; legislators; families, and communities.
BreastfeedLA has the support of 9 staff, 5 lactation professionals, 10 volunteer Board of Directors, and over 40 active volunteers. BreastfeedLA has in-kind support from 3 Regional Breastfeeding Liaisons and 3 Community Public Health Liaisons who have committed to this work. Key staff are experts in program planning and development, breastfeeding education, working with diverse and underserved populations, facilitation, and curriculum development. BreastfeedLA provides clinical expertise on breastfeeding education and policy change, and expertise related to policy, procedures, organizational change and identifying gaps and resources in evidence-based maternity practices.
1. Over the next five years, assist 15 hospitals to adopt perinatal care practices that promote exclusive breastfeeding by utilizing Baby-Friendly USA's Guidelines and Criteria and/or California Model Policy once developed. 2. Over the next five years, assist 15 clinics to adopt policies and practices that support breastfeeding by utilizing the 9 Steps to Breastfeeding Friendly Outpatient Care Settings Guidelines and Criteria. 3. Establish baseline breastfeeding rates in the NICU differentiating between exclusive and any. 4. Increase the number of infants receiving any breastmilk in the NICU and post-discharge. 5. Increase the number of infants receiving exclusive breastmilk in the NICU and post-discharge.
In the last five years, BreastfeedLA assisted and supported 35 of the 54 maternity hospitals in L.A. County to achieve Baby-Friendly designation, including the entire Kaiser system. Many of the remaining 24 hospitals continue to work toward designation. During this time, the initiation of in-hospital breastfeeding in Los Angeles County increased from 71% to 93.8%. In addition, exclusive breastfeeding increased from 33% to 60.2%. BreastfeedLA is committed to inclusion, diversity, and equity as core values, embracing meaningful participation from diverse stakeholders and actively soliciting varied viewpoints. Our work is grounded in diversity, inclusion, and equity to facilitate our mission of commitment to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in the communities we serve. We continue to strive to lower the breastfeeding disparity gaps and raise up and support all women to reach their own breastfeeding goals.
BREASTFEEDING TASK FORCE OF GREATER LOS ANGELES
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