Breastfeeding Coalition of Polk County

Coalition Contact: Karen Goff WIC Program, River Plaza 2300 Euclid, Suite D Des Moines, IA 50310 515-282-6702kgoff@broadlawns.org

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

We meet the second Wednesday of even months at 3:15 pm at the River Plaza WIC Office on Euclid in Des Moines.

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to improve the public health of our communities by making breastfeeding the norm through education, advocacy and collaboration with the Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition.

Current and Recent Projects

  • Recent projects: 

o   Conducted a state-wide survey on bf training needs

o   Created bus ad “Affordable Health Care Begins With Breastfeeding” which ran for 3+ weeks including during Iowa State Fair

Dart Breastfeeding interior final
Dart Breastfeeding interior final

o   Sponsored a 4-hr Breastfeeding Education for Iowa Communities training on 3-5-12 with 60 attendees

o   Sponsored two 5-day CLC trainings by the Center for Breastfeeding in 2012

o   Updating community bf resource list for bf moms:

Resource Guide for Breastfeeding Moms in the Des Moines Metro Area

o   Restructuring coalition to expand opportunities for projects

•       Current projects:

o   Community LC support services

o   Feedback from currently BF moms

o   Sponsor a 5-day CLC course in 2014

o   Sponsor an Advanced course for IBCLCs in 2014

o   Contact HyVee for World BF Week recognition on grocery bags