Last week I happenstanced upon a grant of a lifetime. A grant that would change the way mothers in San Diego would receive their well-deserved, and much needed, breastfeeding support. A grant that would provide access to all breastfeeding mothers, regardless of race or socio-economic status.
A grant I need your help to even qualify for!
The Chase Mission: Small Business grant is for $250,000 and the only way I will qualify is if YOU vote for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center on their website. Did I mention I need your vote by June 30, 2012???
You might be asking, “Just what do you plan to do with $250,000?”
Well, it would be my pleasure to tell you!
- Create the only local free-standing breastfeeding center that could offer affordable breastfeeding support and education for ALL mothers in San Diego.
- Hire International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) to conduct private breastfeeding consultations, reduced-fee clinics, free breastfeeding support groups, and prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding/parenting classes, as well as support businesses implementing breastfeeding accommodation, as stated by federal and state law.
- Provide outreach to WIC and lower-income community centers and hospitals and serve as a resource for all breastfeeding women in those communities.
- Create curriculum for local high school human development and nutrition classes about the benefits of providing breast milk for both baby and mom.
- Commission researchers at a local university to conduct a study about the effectiveness of local, affordable breastfeeding centers and how they can positively affect breastfeeding rates in a community. (Serve as a pilot program)
- Provide lactation accommodation support to local businesses so that breastfeeding mothers can continue to receive support to provide breast milk for their children when they return to work.
- Provide on-going continuing education for local pediatricians and OBGYNs/midwives regarding current breastfeeding research and support.
- Act as a presence in local media to promote breastfeeding health benefits and helping breastfeeding become the social norm in our community.
Currently, the United States government is spending billions of dollars on a 10-year initiative, called Healthy People 2020. In this initiative, its objectives are to increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed: ever (from 74% to 81.9%), at 6 months (from 43.5% to 60.6%), and at 1 year (from 22.7% to 34.1%). The initiative also proposes to increase the proportion of employers that have worksite lactation support programs (from 25% to 38%) and reduce the proportion of breastfed newborns who receive formula supplementation within the first 2 days of life (from 24.2% to 14.2%).
Let's make this initiative a reality! Our moms deserve the best breastfeeding education and support available. Please take the time to vote for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center at Mission: Small Business.
Thank you so much for your support!