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Supporting Breastfeeding at Birth in Indian Country

Conference on Maternity Care and Infant Feeding in Indian Country,

 May 1st, 2014

This conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, in Albuquerque, NM, and funded by the Kellogg Foundation, will focus on promoting breastfeeding at birth through hospital policies and Baby-FriendlyTM designation, and will highlight the past, present, and future of maternity care and infant feeding in Indian Country.

Take a look at the Conference Agenda!


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Conference Keynote Speakers

Gayle Dine'Chacon - "Talk the Beauty and Walk the Beauty"
Keynote Speaker, Gayle Dine' Chacon
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Founder-Director, Center for Native American Health
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
Former Surgeon General
Navajo Nation


Bethany Moody - "The Wisdom of Nokomis/Grandmother"
Keynote Speaker, Bethany Moody
RN, MSN, CNM, Maternal Child Health Nurse for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Nation



Camie Jae Goldhammer - "All My Relations: An Intergenerational Approach to Breastfeeding Support"

Keynote Speaker, Camie Goldhammer 
MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Founder and Chair of the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington, Founding Member of the Collaborative for Breastfeeding Action and Justice, Member of the Native American Women's Dialogue on Infant mortality


Rafael Perez-Escamilla - "Beyond the Baby-Friendly Hospital: Scaling up and Baby-Friendly Communities"

Keynote Speaker, Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health Director, Office of Public Health Practice Director, Global Health Concentration Yale School of Public Health
New Haven CTIOM Food and Nutrition Board member
Chair, Global Nutrition Council, American Society for Nutrition President-elect, International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML)

For more information, email: IndianCountryBreastfeeds@gmail.com

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Breastfeeding helps to prevent numerous health problems which afflict Native American communities, such as obesity, and type II diabetes in mothers and children. The Breastfeeding Center is involved in multiple partnerships to increase breastfeeding in Indian Country.

As part of Michelle Obama's initiative Let's Move! In Indian Country, the Indian Health Service (IHS) aims to make all 13 delivery hospitals Baby-Friendly by the end of 2014. So far, 6 IHS hospitals have been Baby-Friendly designated. Rosebud, Pine Ridge, and Quentin N Burdick Memorial hospital were designated in December 2012 and are the first three Baby-Friendly hospitals in the Dakotas. Claremore Indian Hospital (designated June 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Oklahoma, Phoenix Indian Medical Center (designated June 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Arizona, and Zuni Indian Hospital (designated November 2013) is the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in New Mexico.  

In addition, with funding and support from the Kellogg Foundation, The Breastfeeding Center is working with Native American communities to help implement the BFHI in hospitals serving Native Americans throughout the United States. We are also working with community groups like the Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition to increase breastfeeding in locations beyond the hospital.


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