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Quintessence 2016 Vendors

posted on Sep 28, 2016 in Central Texas News, Current Efforts, HMHB News, Uncategorized, Upcoming Events by
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Thank you to our Quintessence 2016 vendors! These area businesses and organizations support breastfeeding in Central Texas.

Please show your support for these businesses.  They are making a difference in your community.

Learn more about these organizations below and visit their website.






























La Leche League of Austin provides mother-to-mother support group meetings at locations across the state, and volunteer Leaders are available to provide breastfeeding information and support over the phone and via email. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend meetings or contact Leaders for breastfeeding information and support. There are seven Austin area meetings, in addition to gatherings and playdates.

Thank you to Central Texas Food Bank for supporting breastfeeding in Central Texas! The Central Texas Food Bank provides food and grocery products to more than 300 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties. In the last year, the Food Bank provided more than 31 million meals! They also offer a breastfeeding education program and lactation support. SNAP-eligible families are supported prenatally and postpartum by a trained breastfeeding peer counselor.

Thank you to Daydream Baby Boutique for supporting breastfeeding in Central Texas! Daydream Baby Boutique is based out of Kyle, TX, but offers shipping to virtually anywhere in the world. They carry a wide range of products including ring slings, Baltic amber, cloth diapers, and goodies for mama.

Thank you to Texas Women, Infants, and Children for supporting breastfeeding in Central Texas! Texas is exceeding the Healthy People 2010 objective for 75 percent breastfeeding initiation rate, thanks to the use of trained peer counselors and IBCLCs working with families to support breastfeeding. Whether providing support through education, peer counseling, or breast pumps for qualifying women, Texas WIC sets the standard for the rest of the country.

Thank you to Austin Pediatric Dentistry PLLC for being a sponsor of CTBC’s National Breastfeeding Month!! Dr. Liliana Lucas and her staff believe dental visits CAN be fun for kids. Dr. Lucas also assesses sublingual and sublabial restrictions, and performs frenectomies using a laser.

Thank you to Monica Aguirre Photography for documenting our event. Monica specializes in baby, child, and family photography. She loves to capture special moments in your life.

Thank you to Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin for supporting breastfeeding in Central Texas! Since 1999, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin has saved babies’ lives by providing prescribed donor human milk. With the support of milk and financial donors, they have pasteurized over 4 million ounces of donor human milk! CTBC is grateful to have such an amazing resource and supporter in our community.

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National Breastfeeding Month 2016 Sponsors

posted on Aug 16, 2016 in Featured Box, Uncategorized by

Our ‪#‎brelfie‬ t-shirts were a huge hit and our screening of MILK the Film was a success. Neither would have been possible without support from breastfeeding friendly community sponsors!

Please show your support for these organizations.  They are making a difference in your community.

Click here for a full list of National Breastfeeding Month 2016 sponsors.


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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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Breastfeeding T Shirt Design Contest

posted on Apr 09, 2013 in Uncategorized by

Do you have an idea for a Breastfeeding Month T Shirt?

Submit your ideas for slogans and/or artwork through July 2.
We will vote for the winner at our next monthly meeting.
The winning design will be featured on this year’s Breastfeeding Month shirts
Winner will receive 2 T shirts (one for you and another to give away for bragging rights) and 2 free tickets to the Round Rock Express game on Aug 12, and $50.
at $50 will go a long way at $1.00 dog night at Dell Diamond!
This year WABA’s theme is Breastfeeding Support Close to Mothers.  You can see their site here.  
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What effect does a newborn bath have on breastfeeding rates?

posted on Mar 30, 2012 in Central Texas News, News, Uncategorized by

We’ve talked a lot about how it takes small steps to bring about change and a recent study published in Breastfeeding Medicine highlights just that.  One hospital in New Hampshire decided to measure the effect of changing 1 hospital policy and how it relates to breastfeeding rates.  No other procedures were changed, the only thing that they did differently was delay the newborn bath.  With this one simple change in delaying the bath from 2-4 hrs after birth to 12 hrs after birth increased their breastfeeding rates by 8.6%!  This is a huge difference in breastfeeding rates when you consider that no extra funding, staffing, or education was required.  All that was required was a change in the care protocol.

The Texas Ten Step  program is working with hospitals across the state to make their policies more breastfeeding friendly, increase breastfeeding rates, and help them to become certified as baby friendly hospitals.  Each step makes a difference and research has shown that those hospitals that practice 6 of the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding have 10 times the moms breastfeeding for at least 6 weeks (DiGirolamo et al., 2008). 

Those 10 steps if you’re wondering are:

10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding as interpreted by Baby-Friendly, USA:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Place babies in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers immediately following birth for at least an hour. Encourage mothers to recognize when their babies are ready to breastfeed and offer help if needed.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation, even if they are separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice “rooming in” — allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand. Teach mothers cue-based feeding regardless of feeding method.
  9. Give no artificial nipples or pacifiers to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

Take notice that the action taken by this hospital is not listed as one of those 10 steps.  this is simply another recognised procedures that can keep mom and baby away from one another  and interfere with the natural progression that happens in those crucial first hours after the baby has been welcomed into this world.  I challenge you to think of other simple things that can be done that will bring about better outcomes, not only in breastfeeding but health outcomes

Abstract: Effect of Delaying the Bath on Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates

Background: The standard of care at our institution has been to give the newborn bath at 2 to 4 hours of life. In May 2010, we began to delay the bath for at least 12 hours of life as standard of care for all eligible infants.

Objective: To determine if delaying the newborn bath correlated with a change in exclusive breastfeeding rates.

Methods: We compared exclusive breastfeeding rates 6 months before and after the start of the Delay the Bath Initiative. The medical record of every third eligible-to-breastfeed infant admitted to the newborn service during this 12-month period was reviewed. Infant feeding information was obtained from the 24-hour bedside flow sheet. Feeds for the entire hospital stay were tallied and each infant was categorized into one of 7 tiers by percentage of breastfeeds received (100%, 90-<100, 75-<90, 50-<75, 25-<50, 1-<25 and 0).

Results: We reviewed 718 infant charts. Infant (gestational age) and maternal characteristics (mode of birth, race, age, health insurance) were similar before and after delaying the bath. Exclusive breastfeeding rates increased from 31.4% (111/353) to 40% (146/365) (p=.02) during the time period studied.

Conclusions: We found that delaying the bath was associated with a statistically significant increase in exclusive breastfeeding rates. We hypothesize that this may be due to limiting stress during the critical period following delivery when the newborn’s blood sugar normally nadirs and the infant is striving to maintain temperature regulation. Delaying the bath is a simple intervention that may support improved exclusive breastfeeding rates.

Funding Sources: Transforming Birth Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Trust.

Breastfeeding Medicine. October 2011, 6(S1): S-1-S-24. doi:10.1089/bfm.2011.9985.

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Call your representative and ask them to support breastfeeding teachers and professionals as they return to work.

posted on Jan 21, 2012 in Uncategorized by

We have not seen much movement in this bill, please call your representative or sign the letter below and show your support for working moms.

A recent article in Pediatrics estimates that we would save 13 Billion dollars a year in healthcare costs if 90% of mothers would follow recomendations to exclusively breastfeed their infants for just 6 months?  See the full article here.  All the info as well as a link to send a message to your representative are listed below.

On August 1, 2011, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced the Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 in both houses of Congress.

the Reasonable break time for nursing mothers amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 2010 made great strides in protecting breastfeeding mothers across the nation.  But, it only covers non-exempt employees.

The Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 (H.R. 2758, S. 1463)  will cover the remaining portion of our working mothers including teachers, nurses, managerial positions, and other professionals that can not claim overtime when working more than 40 hrs a week.  Please call your representative and show your support for these working mothers trying to give their babies human milk to support optimal growth and development.

This bill

  1. Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect breastfeeding women from being fired or discriminated against in the workplace.
  2. Protects executive, administrative, and professional employees in addition to non-exempt employees to have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.

Read full text of S. 1463 or check status

Read the full text of H.R. 2758 or check status

The Unites States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) has a letter of support that you can easily sign and send to your representative  Click Here to read and sign this letter of support.

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We need your feedback

posted on Oct 02, 2011 in Uncategorized by

Tell us how we’re doing and help us plan for the next year and beyond.  Weather you are an active member or not, we need your input.

 There are 10 questions total so please scroll down to complete the survey and click submit for your responses to be recorded.

Thanks for helping us make a difference in the lives of families in our community and around the world.



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