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This comprehensive document outlines recommended policies intended to serve as a long term guide that can be adapted over time to fit your hospital’s needs. These policies should be viewed in the particular context of the facility and will require a strong commitment by facility leadership and management to communicate, follow and implement these important practices.
Christine Lundberg is the Clinical Co-Chair of the State Coalition She is a Registered Nurse and has been an IBCLC since 1994. She has been involved in the Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition since the late 1990'a and took on the co-chair role about 3 years ago. She is employed by Community Health Network as a Lactation Consultant at Community North and loves her job, especially working with moms in the support group there..
She served as the Midwest Regional Coalition Representative of the United States Breastfeeding Committee for 3 years.
Chris is passionate about the life-long health benefits that can be achieved by everyone working together to supporte more mothers to breastfeed, increase exclusive breastfeeding rates and normalize breastfeeding throughout our state.
The IBC Clinical Steering Committee focuses on improving the support for breastfeeding mothers in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices in the state and the continuum of care between the two. We address the clinical aspects of breastfeeding in the state of Indiana’s plan to support the U.S Surgeon General’s Call to Action.
These action steps include:
developing and ensuring maternity care practices that are fully supportive of breastfeeding,
developing systems to guarantee continuity of skilled support for breastfeeding mothers between hospitals and health care settings in the community,
educating and training all health professionals who care for women and children in breastfeeding
improving access to services provided by international Board Certified Lactation Consultants and
identifying and addressing obstacles to greater availability of safe banked donor milk for fragile infants
Your input on these topics is needed and we would love to have your involvement. There are many ways to become involved. We will be looking for people to participate in designing ways to improve mPINC scores and breastfeeding rates across the state. We are looking for leaders who have made improvements in their clinical practices that are excited about sharing how they got there. We are looking for people who have something to say about how the state goes about achieving these action steps. Collaboration is the key - we want consumers, health professionals and advocates. Please consider exploring how you can contribute, and join us.
We are working to help improve the breastfeeding support at Indiana Hospitals. Our goal is improved mPINC scores and supporting Indiana hospitals to become Baby Friendly. We are looking for coalitions who are interested in collaborating with their local hospital on projects such as ending formula marketing bags, increasing the number of mothers who keep their babies skin to skin with them after delivery and increasing the number of mothers who keep their babies with them in their room during their hospital stay. We are looking for interested physicians and nurses and lactation consultants who would like to be more involved.
Clinical Webinars are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month from 2 - 3 pm.
Webinars are free but limited to the first 500 attendees.