Changes are also needed at the regional level. Get involved in one the regional breastfeeding coalition closest to you.
Eastern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition
The Eastern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition serves counties east of I-75. Meetings are held quarterly typically either in Morehead or Prestonsburg. This group developed out of the Eastern Kentucky Breastfeeding Steering Team which played an important role in developing the “Shape the Future: Breastfeed” butterfly logo that can be seen throughout the state. The Eastern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition hosted its first continuing education conference in 2009 and plans to maintain this as an annual event. For more information contact: Janet (Jan) Johnson at (606)437-5500 ext. 590 or JanE.Johnson@ky.gov.
Kentuckiana Lactation Improvement Coalition (KLIC)
KLIC was one of the first groups in the state to focus on the need to increase support of breastfeeding mothers and babies in Kentucky. KLIC is a 501c3 organization and a Chapter of the United States Lactation Consultant Association. It meets quarterly, provides continuing education at each meeting, sends a bi-monthly newsletter to its members, and hosts an annual continuing education conference in the Louisville area. KLIC is centered in the central Kentucky and southern Indiana area. For more information visit www.klicbreastfeeding.org and like their Facebook page.
Northern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition
The Northern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition works closely with the Northern Kentucky Partnership for a Fit Kentucky. They host an annual “nurse in” during World Breastfeeding Week and plan to begin providing opportunities for professional continuing education. Meetings are held in the Covington area. For more information, contact Nancy Merk at firstname.lastname@example.org, and like their Facebook page.
Western Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition
The Western Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition serves the western region of the state. They host quarterly meetings on a rotating basis around western Kentucky. For nearly a decade they have been providing quality professional education through their annual conference that is also rotated between Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro. For more information contact Dana Bennett at Dana.Bennett@ky.gov or Johnna Black at JohnnaF.Black@ky.gov.