Encouraging and supporting increased breastfeeding rates is an important initiative being pursued by Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, "exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months is recommended, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant." Studies have shown that breastfeeding is a healthy choice for infant nutrition in most situations and we believe that providing education and empowering new Moms, Dads, and Moms-to-be is important to increase the rate of breastfed infants in our service area.
To assist with increasing rates in our service area, we have developed a Norfolk Community Breastfeeding Initiative (NCBI) which meets quarterly. Anyone who is interested in promoting breastfeeding in our community is welcome to join! To find out more call 402-529-2233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our past group activities include:
- Public viewing of the Milky Way documentary on American Breastfeeding.
- Hosting a Human Resources workshop to educate businesses on relevant laws and how to create a breastfeeding friendly environment in the workplace.
- Physician and nurse workshops regarding breastfeeding and how to encourage new Moms and Dads and Moms-to-be to choose breastfeeding for their infants.
- Childcare provider workshops on creating breastfeeding friendly child care environments and assist with policy development and implementation to support breastfeeding. So far 46 child care providers have been trained!
- Surveying businesses in the Norfolk area about their lactation policy and promotion of the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award.
- Breastfeeding Resource Directory for the Norfolk area. Click HERE to view/print the directory.
- Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace training in partnership with the Norfolk Area SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) group
- Breastfeeding Myths and MSPI Presentation at FRHS, Nebraska North Room
These projects were funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition.