What Guides Our Efforts?
We convene monthly with local breastfeeding supporters throughout Michigan to learn what is happening in diverse communities throughout the state and prioritize our education, advocacy, and community-building efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To view the report that guides our work, based on the most recent COVID-19 guidance from local breastfeeding supporters, click here.
These themes have guided our efforts and we are so honored to serve in solidarity with birth and breastfeeding frontline workers as we navigate this pandemic. If you would like to join our next meeting of breastfeeding supporters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and visit mibreastfeeding.org/local-meetings for more information.
Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Guidance
Bottom line: human milk feeding should continue
Although health officials are still learning about COVID-19, from what they know about other viral respiratory illnesses, WHO advises that breastfeeding should continue and families should remain together whenever possible and with the clearance of their medical provider. Human milk provides benefits including protection for infants against many illnesses. As is recommended by the WHO, handwashing before feeding or expressing human milk is encouraged by all individuals who come in contact with the infant and precautions should be taken by the sick parent to reduce the risk of virus transmission. We continue to monitor guidance for updates to their recommendations. If you would like to share a resource, please email email@example.com.
Breastfeeding and COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance
Bottom line: breastfeeding should continue
Although health officials are still learning about COVID-19 vaccine, early data suggests that COVID-19 vaccination antibodies may also be protective to infants who are fed human milk. We continue to monitor guidance for updates to their recommendations. If you would like to share a resource, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Breastfeeding Supporters
This resource list is continuing to grow. We do not consider this to be an all-encompassing list, but rather an easily accessible hub for resources referenced and shared during our meeting with local breastfeeding supporters. If you participate in our meetings and are looking for something that was mentioned on the call, look no further! If you would like to contribute a resource or join our next meeting of breastfeeding supporters, please email email@example.com for more information.
HIPAA Compliant Telehealth Resources
Free Internet Resources so Families Can Access Telehealth Support
- Comcast Free Internet Essential Program: (855) 846-8376
- Verizon extended data plans for the month of April
Lactation Support for Families
If you are in need of birth and breastfeeding advocacy: please reach out to your local breastfeeding coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 734-365-6559 for support.
Working Together to Sustain Local Efforts
We are so inspired by everyone continuing to find innovative ways to realize the vision of a lactation-supportive Michigan and we are honored by the privilege to serve alongside you. We believe strongly in the need to listen, trust, and invest in the people providing direct support in the communities where they live and serve.
Collaborate with us!
If you would like to partner with MIBFN to bring financial resources to your community, or are interested in supporting our efforts, please reach out to email@example.com or 734-465-6559.
Consider giving today!
There is so much work to do, and so many families and organizations rely on our support. Please make a donation to MIBFN!