We would like to announce the Southern Illinois Breastfeeding Coalition is awarding mini grants to the following organizations for the promotion of breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week. Congratulations to (alphabetical order) Clay County Health Department, Clinton County Health Department, Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department, Jackson County Health Department, Jefferson County Health Department, Lawrence County Health Department, Perry County Health Department, St. Clair County Health Department, St. Joseph Hospital-Breese, SIH-Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Washington County Health Department, Wayne County Health Department.
The following activities were conducted with the grant money. Perry County reported using their money towards a Spa Day. They had 14 moms in attendance. Money originally planned to pay for massages will now be spent on Christmas gifts for the moms.
Jefferson County, reported that they had a cookout in the parking lot on Shot Day which gave good exposure to the event. Local merchants donated prizes that were given away. There were 80 people in participation.
Washington County, reported using the money to purchase car seat canopies, breastfeeding covers, cloth reusable nursing pads, and milk bands. They had a meet and greet and drew prizes from the names of their pregnant and breastfeeding moms.
Clinton County, reported having a Baby Bistro. The money purchased a large banner. They had food, educational material and prizes donated by local merchants. They also used the event to advertise for the Milk Depot and Baby Friendly business opportunity.
St. Joseph Hospital in Breeze, Baskets were made with the money that were given to all the breastfeeding mother that delivered that week. Wayne county reported on having the Big Latch, they served refreshments and gave door prizes.
Lawrence County, had a cookout in their parking lot. There also was a gently used baby clothes swap that day. Door prizes and gift bags were given out.
St Clair county reported on their 3rd annual Breastfeeding Bistro. There were both prenatal and current nursing mothers in attendance from their WIC program. The prenatal moms had the opportunity to visit and gain education and inspiration from veteran breastfeeding mothers. Guest speakers included Stronger beginnings for families, Tender Tushies Cloth Diapers, and some of their own St Clair county WIC moms. Healthy snacks were provided. Everyone received a prize. The Belleville News-Democrat attended and ran a story about the event, including an interview.
Washington Counties event which they celebrated most of the month instead on a single event. They offered open weight check along with opportunity for Q&A with the moms. They handed out gifts of car seat canopies, nursing milk bands, and nursing covers. 12 mothers were impacted by their efforts.
Jackson County along with Memorial Hospital of Carbondale’s Baby’s Best Start Fair. The fair was held at University Mall and included 12 vendors that provide a variety of resources from the community including breast pumps, infant development, car seat safety, family resources to name just a few. Music was provided. Snack were provided. Door prizes were given away that were donated by local merchants.
Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department held the BIG LATCH ON. They had a sign that mothers signed along with a reason as to why they love to breastfeed. The event was held outdoors. Prizes of gift cards, breastfeeding gear, and more were awarded. There was a picture of 20 babies breastfeeding to help break the world record!