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2016 New Grant Recipients

The WALC Board received many applications for grants this year, possibly the most we’ve ever received! It’s exciting to see what our members are up to and we look forward to seeing the results next year. :-)

The WALC grants awarded this year are as follows:

NWBN – Northwestern Wisconsin Breastfeeding Network- $600 towards the purchase of a freezer for a new milk depot at the Family Resource Center in Eau Claire.

Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition – $250 sponsorship for their 10th Annual Education Day

The Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes – $4,000 towards laboratory costs for screening of new donors and shipping costs.

The Milk Mob – $3,000 towards training of 30 Medical Residents in an 8 hour breastfeeding course.

Brown County Breastfeeding Coalition – $1,250 towards items to help local childcare providers become designated Breastfeeding Friendly.

BFAN – Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin – $800 for items and handouts for ongoing efforts to help local childcare providers become designated Breastfeeding Friendly.

More updates from Grant Recipients

African American Breastfeeding Network, Inc.

2016 Report to WALC

 

Background: In September 2015 AABN received a $1,000 grant from WALC. Initially

WALC asked AABN to use the funding for food; because food was already covered by

two other grants we received (United Way and the Wisconsin Partnership Program-
Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families) we got permission to use the funding to cover

costs to provide transportation to families wishing to attend our monthly Community

Breastfeeding Gatherings (CBGs) held at the Northside YMCA.

AABN has created the only breastfeeding support model that is culturally specific and

community-centered. The majority of participants are African Americans whose

financial resources are below the federal poverty limit. Unfortunately, for many

transportation is a luxury that is unattainable. AABN recognized this gap and has

offered transportation since 2010; however with recent funding cuts we were unable to

offer this important service.

Funding: AABN contracted services with IServe Transportation Company. Costs for

transportation for 12 months for one CBG site–we have two sites—is $3,600. It cost

$300 per event to transport 14 people. With WALC funding we were able to secure

transportation for 3 months (October, November and December). We added the

additional $100 to help offset transportation costs, and through donations were able to

secure an additional $1,800 to cover the remaining 6 months (January 2016 –June 2016).

Outcomes: During the 3 months in which we used WALC funding we had a total of 42

families use transportation services, which helped to double our attendance. By June

2016 we estimate 120 pregnant mothers will attend the CBGs. Our data indicates that

when women use our services initiation rates are 90% and exclusivity rates at 3 months

is 60%, higher than Wisconsin and the Country rates! Our data show also that pregnant

mothers attend at least 2 CBGs and attend one time during early postpartum, which

allows them one-on-one consultation with an IBCLC. Thus a great majority of the

pregnant moms attended multiple CBG to help build their breastfeeding confidence.

They are encouraged to bring a support person to the CBG. Families together build

natural supports (family, friends, peers) and leverage their support network. Mother

define breastfeeding success for themselves and AABN Peer counselors and Father Peer

Advocate help mothers achieve breastfeeding confidence and eventually reach her

breastfeeding goal.

 

Dalvery Blackwell, Co-Founder, Executive Director

More updates from grant recipients

End of Grant Cycle Report

Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin

May 2015-2016

Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Centers

 

BFANWI would like to thank WALC for it’s support of the Breastfeeding Friendly Childcare Initiative. We are already making a difference for new mothers returning to work in our region!

We received a grant of $1,350. These funds were utilized as follows:

Twenty 3-ring binders –These binders were prepared to distribute to daycare providers to assist in achieving the Breastfeeding Friendly Designation. The Centers have reported back to us that the binders were incredibly helpful and provided the majority of information they needed.

Forty children’s/infant breastfeeding friendly books- We purchased 20 “Best Milk” books by Kate Carothers, 10 “Mama Mama” board books and 10 “Nurtured and Nuzzled” books.

BFAN totes printed for delivery of binders, BFAN mugs, pens, books, etc.

Breastmilk Storage Magnets- We designed and laminated milk storage guidelines for each center at no cost and purchased magnetic strips.

Door Hangers- privacy please! We designed and printed low cost door hangers for use in daycare centers and workplaces.

BFFCC training for Intern and mileage reimbursement. We were very fortunate to have an Intern from UWO working with BFAN on this initiative. She attended the BFFCC training through WBC.

Posters- BFAN was able to find a few breastfeeding friendly posters at no cost.

 

Jurisdiction # of centers contacted # of centers in process Individuals trained BFFCC Designation Rcvd
Calumet County 7 1 15 1
City of Appleton 14 7 56 0
City of Menasha 6 2 1 1
Winnebago County 20 4 35 2
Green Lake County 2 1 0 0
Outagamie County 9 3 8 0
Totals 58 18 115 4

 

Updates from Grant Recipients

Dear WALC,

Thank you very much for the grant awarded to The Milk Mob in January 2016. The funds were

designated to cover scholarships to attend Breastfeeding Champion Training. Six scholarship recipients

attended the training February 19-20, 2016. All were either members of the Wisconsin Doulas of Color

or the African American Breastfeeding Alliance.

We received a net of $900 to cover $150/person. We were originally granted $1050 for 7 scholarship

recipients, but 1 person cancelled, so we returned $150 to WALC.

After the training, we sent out a web survey to all scholarship recipients. A copy of the responses we

received is attached. Five of the 6 scholarship recipients contributed comments in this survey.

The Milk Mob feels that this was a successful event for this population, who otherwise would not have

been able to attend the 16 hour training program.

Thank you again for your commitment to fund such important initiatives!

Yours truly,

Allison Laverty Montag

 

Initial_Report Qualtrics from The Milk Mob grant recipients Feb 2016

Updates from Grant Recipients

Each year, the WALC Board considers grant requests from individuals or organizations to fund projects consistent with the purposes of WALC. One of the best parts of this is seeing the results! We will be sharing feedback from grants that were awarded so you can see the wonderful things are members are doing.

Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes

Project Reports for WALC Grants 2015-2016

Dear WALC,

We greatly appreciate the financial support that we’ve received from you in 2015-2016.

Below are our project reports for our 2 WALC grants:

1. In 2015 we received $3000. The milk bank opened its doors in mid-January 2016, but prior to

this we began accepting donors. Accepting donors means that we needed to pay for their lab

work. We are pleased to report that to-date we have 26 approved donors from Wisconsin. The

lab work for each donor costs $125, so we applied the $3000 towards the $3250.00 needed to

ultimately accept our Wisconsin donors. Thanks!

2. In 2016 we received $1400 as emergency funds for 2 freezers. During the course of the last 11

years, our milk bank set up an extensive donor milk depot system throughout Wisconsin. All of

the milk collected at our depots prior to January 2016 was shipped to the Indiana Milk Bank.

Once we opened our doors in January, we began receiving significant volumes of milk from our

depots. We initially estimated that we had sufficient freezer space, but 2 of our donated

freezers broke down, and we had an emergent need for more freezer space. We cannot thank

you enough for the $1400 which we used to purchase 2 freezers.

Thank you for your commitment to the development and sustenance of The Mothers’ Milk Bank of the

Western Great Lakes. Your financial support through grant money and your donations to us at the WALC

conferences have been invaluable for our success.

We hope that any of you have the opportunity to come visit us in Elk Grove Village, IL!

Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM

Mothers Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes

September WALC meeting September 16, 2016

Sept. 16, 2016- Wauwatosa.  Summer Kelly RN, BSN, IBCLC Executive Director of the Mothers Milk Bank of the Great Lakes.  Presenting on the microbiome and donor milk.

More information to come, save the original WALC date.  ***WBC needs to focus on coalition business at their annual meeting this year, we will try to co-conference next year.

Upcoming WALC Programs

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that came to the conference this year! It is always so invigorating to spend time with like-minded individuals with the passion for helping mothers and babies. Getting to see everyone in such a stimulating environment is wonderful. Let’s take this energy back with us and share with all those lovely dyads. Build confidence, empower mothers and babes as well as the caregivers. Skin to skin is biologically normal and inspires confidence!

Allison

WALC Conference Follow up Survey

This is the link for the evaluation form. Once it is filled out, you will receive your Certificate of Attendance. This is only available for 2 weeks.

https://www.regonline.com/followupsurvey2016walcbreastfeedingconfere_1819159

Thanks for attending

Mentor Opportunities

Do you have people ask you how to become an IBCLC? I do on a regular basis. One of the toughest requirements is getting your hours in. Finding ways to gather 300 to 1,000 hours of clinical experience is not easy!

I would love to find a way to connect IBCLC candidates with Mentors. Do you have mentor opportunities in your facility or know of someone that offers them? Would candidates be able to shadow you at work? Please post of any opportunities you know of in the member blog so we can help IBCLC candidates on their pathway to sit the exam.