My Mission to Create a Free-Standing, Affordable Breastfeeding Center

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!

  1. Create the only local free-standing breastfeeding center that could offer affordable breastfeeding support and education for ALL mothers in San Diego.   
  2. 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.
  3. Provide outreach to WIC and lower-income community centers and hospitals and serve as a resource for all breastfeeding women in those communities.
  4. Create curriculum for local high school human development and nutrition classes about the benefits of providing breast milk for both baby and mom.
  5. 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)
  6. All rights reserved by rmolnar7Provide 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.
  7. Provide on-going continuing education for local pediatricians and OBGYNs/midwives regarding current breastfeeding research and support.
  8. 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!