Baby Café national news
Mattapan Vital Village 90-Day Challenge Success
Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:01

The doors have opened to a free drop-in breastfeeding group in Mattapan, Boston, resulting from a collaboration between 7 Vital Village Network Partners and championed by three emerging leaders in the village. Learn more about this innovative and cost-effective model that supports caregivers and helps children have a healthy and successful start.

Breastfeeding is one of six proven, cost-effective interventions that can prevent maternal and newborn mortality. Yet breastfeeding rates are significantly lower among African American mothers and access to breastfeeding support or lactation consultation is too costly for most caregivers.


President's Breastfeeding Budget 2016
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 19:59

 The President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 was released this week, including flat funding of $8 million for CDC's Baby Friendly Hospitals/Breastfeeding programs. It also includes flat funding for the USDA WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Program, with continuation of $60 million for WIC breastfeeding peer counselors, and flat funding of $637 million for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. 

Susquehanna Best Practice Award
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 22:18

The James V. Brown Library was awarded a state best practices award in October 2014 for its partnership with Susquehanna Health and the Baby Café program for new and expecting mothers.

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Community Baby Cafe Receives IBCLC Care Award!
Thursday, 05 June 2014 22:18


Facilitator Sandra Rodriguez and Peer Counselor Eva Elsaadany




The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized Community Baby Café for excellence in lactation care.


The Community Baby Café has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program that is available 2-5 days a week for breastfeeding families.  In addition, the agency demonstrated that it has provided recent breastfeeding training for medical staff that care for new families, and have recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in the community.


Rachelle Lessen, Chair of IBLCE, states “Agencies that receive the IBCLC Care Award are to be commended for improving maternal and child health by making breastfeeding a priority and for taking steps to improve breastfeeding support. An important part of providing excellent breastfeeding care is having expert assistance available when the breastfeeding couplet needs it. IBCLC professionals are the health care professionals best suited to provide this clinical help and often make the difference between success and failure for women achieving their breastfeeding goals.” 


Liz Brooks, president of ILCA, says that “Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase, the need for trained professionals who can help also increases. Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention. But there can be complications or risk factors and mothers need extra support. An IBCLC is the trained expert with clinical skill who works with the entire health care team so that a mother’s breastfeeding goals can be met.”


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Grand Opening of Lynn Baby Café, Massachussetts, USA
Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:06

 Lynn Baby Café in Massachusetts, USA, celebrated their grand opening. 

The Baby Café, a collaboration between the health center, the Early Intervention Partnership Program, North Shore Medical Center, WIC, and Mass in Motion, offers free breastfeeding support and assistance from professionals and other moms—all in a relaxed atmosphere.


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