The Gift Statewide Hospital Summit

On Friday, June 9, 2017, Nancy Brown our newest Board Member attended the Gift Statewide Hospital Summit meeting on behalf of NorthLBC.

    

She had the pleasure of meeting with the Ochsner Milk Bank program and discussed setting up a depot in North Louisiana. She also conversed with the Acadiana Breastfeeding Coalition in regards to the onesies they make and sell as a fundraiser.

   

Dr. Paula Schreck, MD, IBCLC, FABM was the keynote speaker and addressed breastfeeding and the drug dependent woman, breastfeeding compatibility and medications, as well as physician education.

Ochsner also had representatives present on the Coffective prenatal education materials. Ryan Comfort, co-founder of Coffective, also shared that they will be simplifying the videos to use prenatally and working with hospitals to have them more accessible and streamline. The DHH also spoke on how far The Gift has come in the last several years and how the State of Louisiana can see their efforts and hard work.

North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition co-sponsored Live, Love, Latch event

Live, Love, Latch at the Park

La Leche League of Shreveport/Bossier partnered with North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition, and with the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Club of Shreveport to host the 2nd annual Live, Love, Latch event for the Shreveport/Bossier area. The event was held at Brownlee Park in Bossier. We had over 100 in attendance. All in attendance were counted as participants, who declared their support of breastfeeding in our local community and beyond. This event celebrated breastfeeding and highlighted community support. As part of Black Breastfeeding Week we also held a Lift Every Baby moment. We joined together with other groups across the country to “Lift Up” our babies, regardless of their size or age, to recognize the importance of community support for children. 

Free food tickets for Some Like It Hot Food Truck were provided by NorthLBC.  A small auction was held to raise funds for La Leche League of Shreveport/Bossier. Shreveport Bossier Babywearers also did a demonstration on various carriers and how to nurse in them. Swag bags were also given out with various goodies and coupons.

The Gift Regional Breastfeeding Collaborative

On March 24, 2016, The Gift coordinated a regional breastfeeding collaborative meeting held at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. The Gift is an evidence-based program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and improve maternity services. The meeting was attended by representatives from seven North Louisiana hospitals, WIC, Nurse Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, Office of Public Health, private practice lactation providers, and NorthLBC. The meeting brought together hospital and community stakeholders to improve the delivery of breastfeeding education and services.

Bounce & Play Live, Love, Latch! Celebration Day!

La Leche League Shreveport/Bossier City hosted this event at at Air U on Sat and at Bayou Bounce on Sun. Around 40 came out and pledged their support and had fun! We made teething necklaces and enjoyed getting to know each other better while many of our little ones enjoyed bouncing.

Live, Love, Latch! is a National Breastfeeding Month (August 1-31) celebration presented by La Leche League USA and hosted by LLL Groups throughout the country. This was the second year for this annual event.

Live Love Latch! is an event to celebrate breastfeeding and to highlight breastfeeding support. Everyone in attendance signed a declaration of support. Family, friends, doctors, lactation consultants, midwives, businesses, legislators, and anyone else who supports breastfeeding in our community are welcome.

The key goal of Live, Love, Latch! is to raise awareness of how a supportive community can help nursing dyads breastfeed successfully. The secondary goal is to break the previous year’s record for breastfeeding supporters attending. 2014’s national record was 9,028! In the spirit of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, this celebration provides an opportunity to educate everyone about how they can be supportive to breastfeeding families and how this natural way of parenting effects the community as a whole.

Miracle Milk Stroll 2015

The Best for Babes® Foundtion celebrated their second annual international Miracle Milk™ Stroll. On May 2, 2015, thousands of parents, friends, families and community members, gathered at over 100 different locations parks and malls across the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico to raise funds and awareness for human milk to help save the lives of 500 premature infants annually from Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) – and help prevent 5000 babies each year from contracting this often deadly and painful disease.

Feeding fragile and compromised babies human milk – whether from the mother or by donor — has been shown to reduce the risk of NEC by 79%. NEC is an excruciating bowel inflammation that can require multiple surgeries to remove dead tissue, may result in organ failure, monthslong neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stays, and can cost between $200,000 to over $1,000,000 to treat per case. Lifelong complications and treatment may also ensue. The anguish it causes parents is indescribable.

In its most recent policy statement on breastfeeding and human milk, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states unequivocally that “the potent benefits of human milk are such that all preterm infants should receive human milk… If mother’s own milk is unavailable despite significant lactation support, pasteurized donor milk should be used.” PEDIATRICS Vol. 129 No. 3 March 1, 2012, pp. e827 e841.

“The AAP’s call for all preterm babies to have pasteurized donor milk when mother’s own milk is unavailable is being ignored. 60% of the nation’s NICUs do not use donor milk,” says Jennifer Canvasser, whose son died two years ago year from NEC and is the founder of NECSociety, a primary partner of the event. It’s a tragedy that more parents, health care providers, medical directors and hospital administrators don’t know about donor milk’s existence, accessibility, safety and lifesaving powers for babies in the NICU.”

“Our goal with this event is to create a nationwide consumer driven platform to raise awareness, funds, and milk donations to help make human and donor milk the standard of care in NICUs everywhere, so we can help reduce suffering and deaths” says Best for Babes CoFounder Danielle Rigg. “Human Milk Saves Lives. We need more solutions to help more moms get more Miracle Milk™ to more fragile babies.”

North Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition gathered casually at Betty Virginia Park in Shreveport, LA on May 2 to socialize, stroll, and celebrate the human milk cause. Donations and official event Miracle Milk™ Tshirt helped raise funds for this cause.

Proceeds benefited Best for Babes and its partners NECSociety and La Leche League USA and are used to fund education for parents, health care providers, medical directors, and hospital administrators about the critical role of human milk and donor milk in a premature, fragile or compromised infant’s diet.

To learn more, visit: http://www.bestforbabes.org/fast-facts-miracle-milk/