Breastfeeding

Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition-Washington County Chapter

Washington County
Breastfeeding Coalition


"Working together to make breastfeeding the norm"

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 and promoted and will be supported throughout Washington County resulting in increased rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration.

Goals
  • Increase public awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding
  • Increase availability of, access to, and awareness of breastfeeding resources in our community
  • Advance the "breastfeeding friendly" model of health care delivery and offer education for employers, daycares, and health care providers
  • Protect the rights and needs of breastfeeding families
  • Promote breastfeeding as a way to decrease health care costs
  • Promote positive awareness of and sensitivity to cultural diversity as related to infant feeding practices
  • Increase positive breastfeeding messages in the media and commercial sector
  • Increase the rates of initiation and duration of breastfeeding in Washington County to meet the Healthy People 2020 Objectives
  • Provide networking opportunities for community members, community organizations, health professionals, WIC clinic and the Health Department

Support For Your Breastfeeding Experience

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Business Support for Breastfeeding



Child Care Center Support for Breastfeeding


Breastfeeding Support in Other Settings



Wisconsin Statutes § 944.17(3) , § 944.20(2) and § 948.10(2) (1995) provide that breastfeeding mothers are not in violation of criminal statutes of indecent or obscene exposure. 2009 Wisconsin Act 148 provides that a mother may breastfeed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. The law specifies that in such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breastfeeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breastfeed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breastfeeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breastfeeding her child. (2009 AB 57) .


Related Links:
Women's Health: Breastfeeding
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding