On September 25, 2014, the Kansas Health Foundation and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund hosted the Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding. The purpose of the day was to convene national, state and local experts to explore opportunities for a healthier Kansas by overcoming barriers to breastfeeding. The day also provided the opportunity for participants to learn about available resources and contribute to the development of change strategies in Kansas to support breastfeeding, with the ultimate goal of improving breastfeeding initiation and duration rates.
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One purpose of the day was to determine priority recommendations for Kansas. The top recommendations were based on content from the CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies.
The top three recommendations, as determined by a group voting process, were:
#1: Breastfeeding Families - Awareness of Resources
Pursue a Kansas-wide public awareness campaign based on a website that has a comprehensive list of breastfeeding community resources available in each county with a cohesive look that includes an app and an after-hours hotline.
#2: Primary Care Physicians - Scorecard/Designation related to their support of Breastfeeding
Develop a scorecard (that leads to a designation) to create a competitive environment for supporting breastfeeding - for primary care providers.
#3: Hospitals - Breastfeeding Clinics
Develop more hospital-based breastfeeding clinics for moms/babies after hospital discharge.
These top recommendations provide insight into what participants perceive as the greatest needs, timeliest opportunities and most available resources for advancing breastfeeding in Kansas. These strategies, along with other priority recommendations emerging from breakout group discussions, are intended to inform new and continuing efforts to positively impace breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Kansas. Read the full report in pdf format here.