Connecting the Pieces:
Rejoining the Original Dyad

March 2, 2015
Charleston, WV

Dr. Nils Bergman, an international expert in Kangaroo Mother Care (skin-to-skin) is the speaker for this day.  The WV Breastfeeding Alliance, WV Perinatal Partnership and WVDHHR/Office of Family, Maternal and Child Health are sponsoring this event that will also include the Spring Meeting of the WV Breastfeeding Alliance and a presentation on the Kangaroo Care Initiative conducted by the Perinatal Partnership.  Thanks to generous grant funding, there is no charge to attend this event.  Application is being made for continuing education.

Register here:

For more information contact Cinny Kittle at

A week-long Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) course is scheduled for the week of April 27-May 1, 2015 at the Blessed John Pastoral Center in Charleston, WV.  This course is approved for 45 hours of continuing education and participants that complete the course and pass the exam on the final day will be CLCs.

Register here:

For more information contact Cinny Kittle at

WV law to protect public breast feeding becomes effective on June 6, 2014

  Child's Right To Nurse


§16-1-19. Child’s right to nurse; location where permitted;

right protected....

(a) The Legislature finds that breast feeding is an important, basic act of nurturing that is protected in the interests of maternal and child health.

(b) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, a mother may breast feed a child in any location, open to the public.


Breastfeeding Benefits Under the ACA

A new benefits page on
explains how the Affordable Care Act
impacts breastfeeding families


2013 Breastfeeding Report Card
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Issue Brief: Analysis of Obesity Rates by State
Analysis Ranks States, finds 12 top exceed 30 percent for obesity.

See where WV ranks


A New Resource for Breastfeeding Moms
from the Office on Women's Health:
M-F 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.




Why Breastfeeding is Important

Human milk is best for human babies. Research has proven it time and time again. When mothers follow nature’s lead and breastfeed their babies, everyone benefits.

Breastmilk has all the right nutrients, in just the right amounts, at just the right time. Throughout the breastfeeding relationship, just like during pregnancy, mom’s body knows what her baby needs.

Breastmilk is always fresh and ready. No mixing, measuring or sterilizing required. Breastfeeding saves time, money and resources. It’s free and leaves no waste from wrappers, cans and packaging. Nighttime feeding and travelling is easier.

Breastfeeding helps baby’s brain flourish, which may enhance the ability to learn. Some studies suggest breastfeeding may result in higher cognitive development.

Breastmilk is easy on baby’s delicate tummy, causing less stomachaches, diarrhea and constipation. Breastfeeding can help to protect children against SIDS, ear infections, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, asthma, allergies and diabetes, as well as many other diseases, including obesity.

Since breastfeeding helps to build a strong immune system, babies get sick less often, so moms and dads might miss less work, too.

Breastfeeding is great for mom’s health, also. It helps her womb shrink back into shape and encourages her body to heal. It even helps her to burn calories and lose weight. Breastfeeding protects mothers against osteoporosis, breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and can reduce postpartum anxiety and depression.

Breastfeeding is soothing for both mother and baby – building a close, trusting relationship. It is truly the start of something special.






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