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For Our National Breastfeeding Month Celebration We Will Be Screening the Groundbreaking Documentary “The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story”

posted on Jul 20, 2014 in Central Texas News, Current Efforts, News by

You won’t want to miss this

Join us on August 9th for Lunch and a Movie and get inspired about bringing social change to the US in regard to breastfeeding normalcy and support.  We just previewed the movie and it is AMAZING.

This film covers issues including historical pressure to put down your baby and get to work during WWII, compares the Unites States to other countries in their support of breastfeeding mothers and the care that they receive in the hospital and going back to work.  It discusses breastfeeding in public, formula marketing, finding qualified support, and has an inspiring message of actions that we can take to better support breastfeeding  in the United States.

We will be holding a full panel discussion after the film where movie goers will be able to find out about resources and current initiatives, ask questions about breastfeeding issues that they may be facing, and ultimately learn how you can get involved to bring about positive change for breastfeeding mothers in our community, Texas, and throughout the country.


See the trailer below

There’s still time to sponsor this event.  For more information on how you can become a sponsor please click here


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Early Bird Registration for the La Leche League Conference Ending Soon

posted on Jun 22, 2014 in Central Texas News by

If you haven’t registered for this conference you have a few days left to get the early bird price.  They have extended the deadline to June 23rd.

Find out more and register here

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News Coverage for San Antonio Conference about Breastfeeding and Oral Challenges

posted on Feb 06, 2014 in Central Texas News, News by
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San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition Hosts a Conference This Weekend Featuring Barbara Wilson-Clay, Allison Hazelbaker, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition

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find out more about the conference here 

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HMHB Member Survey

posted on Feb 03, 2014 in Central Texas News, News by

If you are a current member or would like to become a member but find it hard to attend meetings, now is your chance to make it fit in your schedule.  We will also will be deciding on a potential name change for our group.

Here is the link to the HMHB member survey.  Survey will close on Feb 4th 2014

Thanks for your input and we look forward to seeing you.


Central Texas Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition


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Registration Ends Soon for the 2014 Breastfeeding Conference and Gala in San Antonio

posted on Jan 26, 2014 in Central Texas News, News by

2014 Breastfeeding Conference and Gala

Managing Breastfeeding with Oral Challenges in the Infant.

Featuring: Texas Breastfeeding Initiatives

Regular Registration Closes Feb 2nd

2014 San Antonio Breastfeeding Coalition Conference

February 7-8, 2014


La Quinta Inn & Suites Conference Center

4431 Horizon Hill Blvd, San Antonio, Texas

Join us in San Antonio for the 2014 breastfeeding conference and gala and experience a diverse culture of authentic foods, music and art represented by Old Mexico, the Wild West Native America, Germany, Africa and the Deep South. Come for the conference and stay for the fun.

See Conference Information


Continuing Education Provided: CERPS, CNE, CDE & CME

SABC “Deep in the Heart of Texas” Gala

February 7th 7:00 – 10 PM

Buy Tickets

See Sponsor / Exhibit Opportunities

See Gala Invitation

See Gala RSVP Card

Please contact me with any questions.

Sherece McGoon

Continuing Education Coordinator

Department of Life Long Learning

UT Health Science Center School of Nursing

7703 Floyd Curl Drive MSC 7946, San Antonio, TX 78229

210-567-1323 mcgoon@uthscsa.edu

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Recent Nursing in Public Incident

posted on Jan 18, 2014 in Central Texas News, News by
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After spending close to $150 at this store this mom asked if she could nurse her child in the dressing room.  The proper response would have been, “Feel free to feed your baby anywhere.”  That’s not the response she got.  Check it out.




Victoria’s Secret has apologized to the mother and has stated that they will ensure that their staff is trained in the future.

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City of Austin Recognised as the 2nd City in Texas to Become Mother Friendly

posted on Aug 13, 2013 in Central Texas News by
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The City of Austin is now totally Mother Friendly and was recognised at the City Council Meeting.  Watch the video here.



We were lucky enough to have this award given on the same day as the Breastfeeding Month Proclamation.

If you are not familiar with the Mother Friendly Worksite Program please check out their website at TexasMotherFriendly.org 

As we have mentioned on other areas of this site there is federal law that protects mothers that are returning to work and would like to continue breastfeeding.  However, there are some employees that are not currently covered by that legislation or simply are too embarrassed to talk to their employer about establising a place and a break schedule to pump milk.  The Mother Friendly Worksite innitiative is in place to educate employers about the benefits to their business as well as their workforce when they make their business a “Mother Friendly” place to work.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Retain experienced employees.
  • Lower recruitment and training costs.
  • Reduce sick time taken by parents for a child’s illness.
  • Boost morale and productivity.
  • Reduce health-care and insurance costs.

It’s totally worth the effort and we are so proud of our City for providing all City of Austin employees time and space to pump a life giving milk for their babies.

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Breastfeeding Month Proclamation

posted on Aug 09, 2013 in Central Texas News by
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If you weren’t able to make it out to city hall for our fabulous event, don’t feel bad you can watch it here.


We had so much fun giving out our “Eat Local” t-shirts and ice cream.  Thanks City of Austin for your continued support of breastfeeding mothers

Here is the language of the proclamation

Be it known that whereas breastfeeding is one of the most easily utilized and cost effective prevention strategies available world-wide for a variety of infections and acute diseases of both women and children, and whereas continued support to sustain breastfeeding is the vital foundation for success in our mothers efforts to provide optimal nutrition and comfort for their babies, and whereas working women are more likely to choose to breastfeed their newborns until age one  if there is a mother friendly workplace policy in effect at their places of employment that encourages breastfeeding and helps to remove any stigma associated with breastfeeding, and whereas Austin Travis County Health and Human Services has a program to provide technical assistance to empoyers of all sizes to provide appropriate space for lactating mother to pump milk during their work day, now therefore I Lee Lefingwell, Mayor of the City of Austin, Texas do proclaim August 2013 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Austin.

A special thanks to our vendors that came out to meet with Central Texas families in the blazing heat.

We had:

The Natural Baby Company, Austin Travis County WIC, and two breastfeeding supply companies Ameda and Medela and Blue Bell donated the ice cream.  There were also a few sponsors that contributed without having a table at city hall:  Special Additions which has moved to a new location at 7301 Burnet Road, Maudi’s Tex Mex, Revolve Solar, and MamaCents.  Thank you so much!  You made it possible for us to print these awesome “Eat Local” shirts that we were able to give to the community.  We will be printing more and have them for sale on our site soon if you weren’t able to make it out.

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Austin Birth Awards Nominations have begun

posted on Jun 30, 2013 in Central Texas News, News by
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Austin birth awardNominate and vote for your favorite birth professionals.

In the spirit of the Austin Music Awards or the Austin Chronicle’s, Best of Austin Awards, we are happy to announce the 3rd Annual Austin Birth Awards.  The 2013 Austin Birth Awards are a project of the Get Babied Foundation and the Central Texas Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition.  Together, our mission is to recognize the Austin area birth professionals that are going out of their way to provide quality care for the women of Austin.

The nomination period is open for public voting from June 1st through July 15th and consists of write in nominations for each category.  Close to 2,000 nominations were submitted during this period last year.  Nominations cast will be tallied and the top 4 nominees in each category are our finalists for the Birth Awards.

Voting for your favorite of the top 4 nominees in each category will be from August 1st through September 15th and the Awards Cermony & Gala will take place on October 25th, 2013 at the beautiful Carver Museum Theater & Reception Area at 7pm.


To nominate your favorite birth professional for 2013, please click HERE

Click link to view our PRESS RELEASE PAGE.

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Director of Austin’s Mothers Milk Bank will now lead the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)

posted on Jun 04, 2013 in Central Texas News, National News, News, Uncategorized by

Austin Nonprofit Executive Kim Updegrove to Lead The Human Milk Banking Association of North America

A nationally recognized leader in infant nutrition and the value of human milk for babies, Kim Updegrove, executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, brings expertise and perspective to new role as president of HMBANA



February 6, 2013The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin today announced its Executive Director Kim Updegrove is serving as President for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) for a two-year term that began January 1, 2013.

HMBANA is a professional association for supporters of nonprofit donor-human milk banking. It promotes the health of babies and mothers through the provision of safe pasteurized donor milk and support of breastfeeding. Updegrove also chairs the HMBANA Guidelines Committee.

The Human Milk Banking Association of North America and its leaders have been stewarding its mission for more than 25 years,” said Updegrove, “and I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as its president. As the demand for donor human milk continues to grow, I am looking forward to leading the organization as it develops a strong voice for breastfeeding advocacy and increased availability of safe donor human milk across North America.

As executive director of The Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin, Updegrove leads one of the nation’s largest nonprofit human milk banks operated under HMBANA guidelines. In 2012, the Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin dispensed 366,550 ounces of milk to 100 hospitals in 21 states including Texas, Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Missouri, North Carolina, Mississippi, Washington, Arkansas and beyond.

“The demand for human milk in neonatal in

tensive care units is at an all-time high,” said Updegrove. “As of now, we do not have enough milk to feed all critically ill or fragile babies in the nation. Every child deserves a strong healthy start in life, and I hope we can all accomplish together both on a local and national level.”

Updegrove is a Certified Nurse Midwife with master’s degrees in both Public Health and Nursing. She taught at Yale University School of Nursing and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.




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