For Immediate Release
February 5, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas Programs Awarded Funding to Improve Support for
Employed Breastfeeding Women

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and two Kansas Healthy Start Programs have been awarded $10,000 by The Business Case for Breastfeeding, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

The funding will help provide business training and outreach programs to support breastfeeding employees and lactation services in the workplace.  Trainers for the initial conference scheduled for July 27 and 28 in Wichita will be provided by the grant.  The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and Kansas Healthy Start Programs will sponsor subsequent trainings throughout the state. 

“We hope to increase the duration of breastfeeding by providing assistance and support for mothers who are going back to work,” said Brenda Bandy, President of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. “This can be achieved by increasing awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and by inviting discussion from healthcare providers, public health officials, lactation consultants, businessmen, school officials and educators, child care center directors, civic organizers and policymakers regarding what is working and what needs to be improved.”

The Business Case for Breastfeeding project and training are based on a comprehensive national resource kit designed for employers, human resource managers, employees and lactation consultants and other healthcare professionals who serve new families.  Resource kit materials include information for decision makers, easy steps for implementing lactation services in a workplace, a tool kit with reproducible templates that can be tailored to the needs of the business, promotional materials and guidance for outreach workers.

The KDHE Nutrition and WIC Services section has been involved with the development and planning of The Business Case for Breastfeeding grant.  Several KDHE employees from Nutrition and WIC Services will help promote breastfeeding to health organizations and become active in the training process offered by the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and Kansas Healthy Start Programs. 

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