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Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practices

About the Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation

KAAP in collaboration with the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition has created the Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation that can be earned by physician practices in Kansas. Medical providers who care for mothers and babies are in a position to offer support and encouragement that can lead to successful breastfeeding. Created to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates at six months of age and beyond in Kansas, this initiative will help practices create policy and environmental changes that will support breastfeeding mothers.

Participating practices can earn up to a 5 star designation, one star for each of the Breastfeeding Friendly Practice criteria:

  • A breastfeeding friendly office environment
  • Education for both staff and parents
  • Policies and procedures that promote breastfeeding
  • Community connections and breastfeeding resources
  • On-site individualized breastfeeding support

A physician trainer will give an on-site training – FREE CME and lunch included for the practice – based on the Breastfeeding Friendly Practice criteria to each participating practice. Practices will receive a tool kit including a window cling, poster, parent handouts, and electronic resources on a portable drive.

How to participate:

  1. Fill out the registration form and email it to Mel Hudelson at mel.hudelson@kansasaap.org
  2. Complete the self-assessment and email to mel.hudelson@kansasaap.org or fax to 866-519-0365
  3. Work with KAAP staff to find a time for your one hour on-site training (lunch provided)
  4. Promote your Kansas Breastfeeding Friendly Practice Designation in your community

Breastfeeding Resources for Providers:

The State of Breastfeeding in Kansas

AAP Breastfeeding Initiative

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

High 5 for Mom and Baby

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

LactMed

Centers for Disease Control – Breastfeeding

WHO Child Growth Standards

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