Washington Ozaukee Breastfeeding Coalition

Mission
To create a positive, supportive environment for breastfeeding mothers and children by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, therefore improving the health and well-being of our community.

Vision
Breastfeeding will be accepted as the norm throughout Washington & Ozaukee Counties resulting in increased rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration.

Goals
To increase public awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.
To increase public awareness of, availability of and access to breastfeeding resources in the community.
To provide networking for health professionals, WIC clinics/Health Department, community organizations, and community members.
To advance the "breastfeeding friendly" model of health care delivery and offer education to health care providers, employers, and daycare centers.
To increase the rates of initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Washington County and Ozaukee County to meet the Healthy People 2020 Objectives.
To protect the rights and needs of breastfeeding families.
To promote breastfeeding as a way to decrease health care costs.
To promote awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity as related to infant feeding practices.
To increase positive breastfeeding messages in the media and commercial sector.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Baby - Lowers risk of:
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Respiratory tract infection

Mom - Lowers risk of:
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Decreased postpartum bleeding
  • Increased child space

Resources

Laws to Support Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and Employment
Section 7 of the FLSA requires employers to provide "reasonable break time" for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express milk. Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

For more information, check out these resources:

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