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Healthy People 2020 Testimony
Photo: Front Row L-R Mirine Dye, Marie Witherall, RN IBCLC Evergreen Medical and Aliya Haq, MS, RD Seattle WIC; Back Row L-R Melissa Bonghi, LLLL and IBCLC, Emily Healy, LLLL and IBCLC, Molly Pessl, RN, IBCLC Evergreen Medical

Florida Breastfeeding Coalition and Florida Lactation Consultant Association member, Mirine Dye of the Florida Keys, gave the following testimony in front of the Federal Interagency Workgroup for Healthy People 2020 in Seattle, November 20. She also met with the other Seattle-King County Lactation Consultants who were also present. A total of 4 lactation consultants gave testimony, covering many of the breastfeeding objectives, including Mirine. The comment period is now closed for the setting of objectives for the Healthy People 2020 strategic plan which outlines the goals and objectives for our nation’s health programs and health status of the people. Healthy People documents are essential for program planners, funders, grant writers and organizations, both community and non-profit. The workgroup asked for comment, criticism, input and potential data sources. Mirine spoke on both the Education and Community Based Programs section and the Maternal Infant Child Health section. Each speaker was allowed 3 minutes.
Exhibit at Birth, Baby and Beyond Baby Fair in Orlando
on Sept 26, 2009
Physician & Healthcare Provider Breastfeeding Seminar
“Reducing the Barriers to
 Increase Duration of Breastfeeding”
September 11, 2009
Daytona Beach Hilton Oceanfront Resort
First Annual HPS was held with 111 registered in partnership with
La Leche League of Florida and English Speaking Islands.

Exhibited at Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. bi-annual conference July 14-15-16, 2009. Joan Meek, MD presented on breastfeeding.
On February 13, 2009, a Coalition delegation of Joan Meek, MD, Carol Brady, MS and Susan Taylor, RN, IBCLC met in Tallahassee with Florida's Surgeon General, Dr. Viamonte Ros to discuss how the Coalition could work at collaborate efforts with the State of Florida to promote breastfeeding. Meeting with FL Surgeon General Full Report in PDF
Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc sends letter strongly urging CDC's Office of Management and Budget to renew the
Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey.

Exhibited October 23-26 at
La Leche League of Florida and



by Governor Crist
Press Release



Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. is on the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness 2007-2008 list.

Protecting & Supporting Breastfeeding 


Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at 3:00pm to meet with the Medicaid secretary and her staff in Tallahassee to discuss Medicaid supplying breastfeeding mothers with pumps.

August 27, 2010 - FBC was awarded The Landscape of Breastfeeding Support Photo Subcontract by USBC. USBC was contracted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a library of images of how communities across the U.S. support breastfeeding mothers and babies. FBC was one of 8 state coalitions to be awarded this subcontract to do the photo journal story "GET PUMPED."  The project was completed and about 1700 photos of breastfeeding working moms were submitted to USBC.
January 25, 2010
US Breastfeeding Coalition Supporters Go to Capitol Hill
in Support of the
Florida attendees to the Third National Conference of State/Territory/Tribal Breastfeeding Coalitions -- Empowering Coalitions: Power Tools for Change --  from left to right, Debbie Albert, PhD., RN, IBCLC, Pat Lindsey, IBCLC, RLC, Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC and Sandra Sullivan, MD, IBCLC
After attending the USBC Coalition Conference -- January 23-25, 2010, in Arlington, Virginia, the above Florida attendees went to Capitol Hill to meet with representatives of both Florida Senators and their district representatives to educate and ask for support of the BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION ACT.  By clicking here, YOU can email a request to your representative to co-sponsor and support the BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION ACT.
Forty-eight attendees from all across Florida participated in the 2-day Train-the-Trainer workshop at Daytona Beach's Volusia County Health Dept. Participants will be developing a state-specific plan to implement the Business Case for Breastfeeding in Florida communities.

This outreach project is a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The training was done by Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, RLC (who developed the materials) and Tiffany Pertillar, MSW, MPH.
December 14-15, 2009
Click here to watch a podcast about the project.
Click here to learn more about this outreach project and its materials from HRSA.

Florida Breastfeeding Coalition has been AWARDED the
Business Case for Breastfeeding 2009 - 2010 Grant  - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) has launched a major three year national initiative designed to improve worksite support for breastfeeding women.  The initiative includes a resource kit, The Business Case for Breastfeeding, which focuses on encouraging employers to establish, maintain, and expand programs to enable their breastfeeding employees to continue breastfeeding their infants after they return to work.  The initiative also includes a national training initiative designed to equip lactation educators and community partners with skills needed to effectively reach employers in their community.
The grant would includes:
Two-day training program provided by MCHB contracted staff from HCD International and Every Mother, Inc.
$10,000 in implementation funds to be used for conducting outreach with local businesses, providing additional local trainings if needed, and conducting other activities related to implementing The Business Case for Breastfeeding
Ongoing technical assistance for a full year from the time the State Breastfeeding Coalition is selected, and access to technical assistance resources until the end of the project
Access to The Business Case for Breastfeeding materials    needed to complete their project outreach plans
As Funding Chair, Debbie Albert, RN, IBCLC, PhD., did a fantastic job completing the grant application on behalf of the coalition. (12-3-08)
We were not awarded the 2008 grant, but were encouraged
to try again next year. (1-15-09)  The grant application was reapplied for on July 10, 2009 and awarded to the Coalition on August 7, 2009.  Many thanks to Debbie Albert and all the supporting letters from FL Healthy Start, FL DOH, FL WIC, Florida Lactation Consultant Association and La Leche League of Florida and English Speaking Islands. (8-10-2009)

 Florida Mothers Ask to STOP Breastfeeding
BUT IT'S THE LAW in Florida!
Mothers can nurse their baby in any public or private place!
Below is just a small sample of the many letters and action the FBC has taken due to mothers being discriminated against for breastfeeding in public.

A mother told she was not allowed to breastfeed
in a Jacksonville Park.

A mother was told she had to stop breastfeeding at Sea World.

A mother in Chick-fil-A in Winter Park, FL is ask to cover while
breastfeeding in their restaurant.
No Response from Chick-fil-A

A mother visiting her boyfriend in Jacksonville County Jail
was told she could not breastfeed her baby
Jacksonville Sheriff Dept Takes action to educate.

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