Membership is free and open to any individual or organization whose mission is consistent with the Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition's (IBC) priorities and meets the requirements for membership.

 Membership Benefits and Opportunities:

  • Members and member organizations have networking and collaboration opportunities with other organizations committed to making breastfeeding the norm in Indiana.
  • Members and member organizations participate in statewide efforts to make breastfeeding the norm in Indiana.
  • Members and member organizations receive opportunities and information about professional education and timely information related to local, state and national breastfeeding efforts.
  • Members and member organizations receive public recognition of leadership in breastfeeding related efforts.
  • Individual Members who complete the IBC Annual Survey receive a discount when attending IBC events and select partner events.
  • Organization members that complete the IBC Annual Survey receive a discount for 2 employees when attending IBC events and select partner events.
  • Organization members who complete the IBC Annual Survey will receive a discount on sponsorship and exhibitor fees at the IBC events and select partner events


Member Expectations and Responsibilities:

Members are expected to do the following:

  • Commit themselves to activities that support the IBC’s mission, vision, or goals.
  • Endorse and support IBC priorities as appropriate for their organization
  • Share information about how IBC priorities and strategies are being implemented and other information via the IBC Annual Survey.
  • Strive to attend the IBC events
  • Participate in coalition activities as appropriate for their circumstance
  • Participate in community outreach and advocacy for breastfeeding as appropriate for their circumstance
  • Be an advocate for normalizing breastfeeding in Indiana


Members reserve the right to resign their IBC membership at any time.


The IBC Annual Survey

The IBC Annual Survey is a tool by which the IBC gathers critical information about breastfeeding efforts happening around the state. The survey helps the IBC develop connections between members and helps the IBC leadership team and workgroups develop strategic engagement, data, and policy actions each year.

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Membership Review

The Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition reserves the right to review all membership applications and to revoke membership from any individual or organization at any time. All Organizational Memberships will be reviewed by the IBC leadership team to evaluate the organizational alignment of each organization seeking membership. The IBC leadership team will determine if the Mission, Vision, and Actions of each organization qualify them for membership. In some cases, the IBC leadership team will examine an organization's close ties to other organizations or conglomerates to determine if membership is appropriate. The IBC may consider the following criteria as well as Mission, Vision, and Actions when making a determination: the core practices of the organization and its close partners, the history of the organization and its close partners, the marketing practices of the organization and its close partners, the organization and its close partner’s public policy agenda, if that organization's membership would support or detract from IBC’s actions or image, if membership would make it appear that IBC endorses a product or brand, and other criteria deemed appropriate by the IBC leadership team. If an organization is denied membership the IBC leadership team will inform the organization in writing as to the reason membership was denied.Type your paragraph here.

 IBC Membership Statement:

All IBC Members agree to support the IBC’s Mission and Vision.

Mission

Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition's mission is to improve public health by making breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy, and collaboration. 

Vision

Breastfeeding is the cultural and social norm throughout Indiana. 

Overall Goals

  • Increase Breastfeeding rates including: Initiation, exclusive breastfeeding (at 3, 6, and 12 months), and some breastfeeding (at 3, 6, and 12 months)  
  • Increase Healthcare and Community Supports for Breastfeeding
  • Make Breastfeeding the cultural norm in Indiana
  • Eliminate the disparities in breastfeeding rates in Indiana