Human Services

BREASTFEEDING TASK FORCE OF GREATER LOS ANGELES

aka BreastfeedLA

Hawthorne, CA

Mission

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.

Ruling Year

2001

Executive Director

Arissa Palmer

Main Address

2851 W 120th St Ste E # 335

Hawthorne, CA 90250 USA

Keywords

Advocacy, Lactation Education, Outreach, Support

EIN

95-4861413

 Number

0279589992

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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.

Our programs

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Education and Training for Health Care Professionals

Advocacy

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Parents

Related program

Education and Training for Health Care Professionals

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Infants to preschool (under age 5),

Activists

Related program

Education and Training for Health Care Professionals

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

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Financials

BREASTFEEDING TASK FORCE OF GREATER LOS ANGELES

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No