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Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support

by Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support
Low Income Moms Need Breastfeeding Support

Summary

This project aims to address the inequities in breastfeeding duration in underserved communities and the effects of low breastfeeding rates on the health of babies from low income families. This project will provide monthly grants to families in need to rent highly efficient hospital-grade breast pumps to help low income and often uninsured mothers with issues such low breast milk supply, providing breast milk after going back to work , feeding multiples, and breastfeeding with split custody.

$5,000
total goal
$3,467
remaining
20
donors
0
monthly donors
9
months

Challenge

The percentage of babies from low income households who are breastfed for the recommended 6 months or longer is currently less than 40%, while the breastfeeding rate for 6 months or longer in the middle class is over 60% and up to 70% in the highest income group. Low income parents do not have access to the infrastructure that supports breastfeeding such as access to Lactation Consultants, ability to afford efficient breast pumps upon return to work, and paid maternity leave.

Solution

NMC provides grants for free monthly rentals of hospital-grade breast pumps to low income families as well as peer to peer breastfeeding support/advice and Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant referrals to help support mothers who have a strong desire to do what is best for their baby's health by breastfeeding at least the first six months of life and hopefully past the one year mark.

Long-Term Impact

Reaching our project's minimum fundraising goal will pay for 70 monthly breast pump rental fees which could allow a mother to return to work and still provide breast milk to her infant, help with supply issues for a mom who is not producing sufficient milk to feed her infant, allow for a mom of twins to have pumped milk so her partner can help with feedings, allow a mom who must be away from her baby due to custody arrangements to continue to supply the baby with the best possible nutrition.

Resources

https:/​/​www.nursingmotherscounsel.org/​
Video from Wolf Blitzer/​Situation Room about NMC
Our website

Organization Information

Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Anna Short
Portland, OR United States
$1,533 raised of $5,000 goal
 
25 donations
$3,467 to go
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