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Why is this Important?
Breast milk reduces the risks for a variety of childhood illnesses and infections. It also reduces the risk of obesity, certain types of cancer and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Benefits for new mothers include decreased postpartum bleeding, earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight, increased child spacing, reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and hip fractures.
- *NEW! Community Resource Directory - List of breastfeeding support services available in each Indiana county; includes drop-in centers, support groups, delivering hospitals, and more.
- *NEW! Hospital Model Policy - Sample policy that can be adapted to fit each unique hospital; includes beginning, intermediate and advanced steps
- Community Drop-In Centers
- Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition (IBC): Visit IBC's website, www.indianabreastfeeding.org, for coalition resources and ideas.
- Born to be Breastfed: Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding in Indiana: 2005 Breastfeeding Call to Action that contains strategies, recommendations, and implementation guidelines to promote, support and protect breastfeeding and the provision of breast milk throughout Indiana.
- Breastfeeding Welcome Here Stickers and Window Clings available upon request. Contact IPN at 317.924.0825 or email@example.com.
Role of IPN
The Indiana Perinatal Network has a long history of working with health care providers, local community organizations and legislators to promote breastfeeding throughout the state. This includes:
- Convening a statewide taskforce, known as the Indiana State Breastfeeding Coalition, to develop a nationally recognized call to action document
- Being selected as one of ten pilot states to participate in a unique federal training program, to educate businesses of the benefits of lactation support in the workplace and provide practical suggestions on how to support employed breastfeeding women
- Leading efforts by the IN General Assembly to pass new legislation to support breastfeeding women returning to work
- Supporting the development of nearly 40 local breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state
For more information, contact Tina Cardarelli at 317.924.0825 x4223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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