Breastfeeding Coalition


The Healthy Communities Breastfeeding Coalition works to ensure every new mom has the education and resources needed to successfully breastfeed their baby.

  • Healthy Communities Breastfeeding Coalition 2018 Accomplishments
    • Nurse n’ Chat continues to grow as we round out our second year of offering weekly support. As of December 11, the program was utilized 497 times by families. Moms come to Nurse n’ Chat for social support, milk supply and latch issues as well as concerns about weight gain. We average 10 moms a week seeking help and support. 
    • September 17-21 we hosted a 40 hour, Certified Lactation Counselor Course(CLC). Over ten people from our health system benefited from the opportunity and many are now certified. We had 65 participants, many from our health system, and many visitors from other hospitals, different states and countries! The workshop provided 45 contact hours, 45L CERPS (for lactation professionals), 45 CPEs (for dieticians) and 45 CEs (for nurses).
    • We continue to grow our social media presence with over 900 likes on Facebook. 
    • Partnered with Wellconnect to help normalize breastfeeding through a breastfeeding photography display by Raisor Sharp Photography.
    • Over 100 people attended our Fifth Annual Live, Love, Latch, a breastfeeding advocacy celebration cohosted with La Leche League.
    • Raised over $100.00 in our First Annual Swap, Don’t Shop which supported scholarships aimed at increasing diversity in lactation professionals.
    • The Healthy Communities Medela Symphony Breastpumps were rented out over 15 times to people with a medical indication for a hospital-grade pump. 
    • The Breastfeeding & Baby Care Station at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair experienced 94-percent growth in usage over 2017. 
    • The CRH Milk Depot has donated over 242 gallons of breastmilk to the The Milk Bank in Indianapolis. One mom donated over 5,200 ounces. 
    • We’re supporting Sandcrest Family Medicine  apply for the Indiana State Breastfeeding Coalition Breastfeeding Friendly Physician Office Designation. 
    • Our summer intern, Ivy Egbo, RN, MPH has compiled data from a survey that yielded over 400 responses. Results have shown an increase in long-term breastfeeding rates, an increase in moms meeting their breastfeeding goals, and an increase in breastfeeding resource referrals. 
    • Hosted continuing medical education (CME) breastfeeding topic: Medications and Breastfeeding presented by, Veronica Vernon, PharmD. 

  • Weekly Nurse n’ chat sessions offer all breastfeeding mothers free, regular and predictable support and guidance by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
  • Held every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington Street, Columbus (above Lockett's - elevator available).
  • Scales available to weigh you baby.
  • 100% of participants surveyed would recommend Nurse n’ Chat to a friend.
  • The Community Doula Program is part of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Bartholomew County.
  • A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth that provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and birth partner, before, during and just after childbirth.
  • Birth Doulas and Post-Partum Doulas are available and can help support breastfeeding efforts.
  • The cost of the program is on a sliding fee schedule that can be determined with you and your doula.

La Leche League

  • All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to free meetings or call one of four Leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are always welcome.
  • Breastfeeding Cafés every month at Mothering Essentials, 424 Washington Street, Columbus (above Lockett's - elevator available).
    • 1st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
    • 3rd Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

New Hope Services - Bartholomew County WIC

Doug Otto United Way Center
1531 13th Street, Suite G 450
Columbus, IN 47201
Phone: 812-379-1557