The Infant Feeding Survey is a tool to be administered by American Indian clinics to community members and staff to gain insights into factors influencing infant feeding in their community. A breastfeeding promotion program can then be tailored to the unique needs of the community.
Community Assessment and Recommendations for the promotion of breastfeeding initiation and prevention of early weaning among American Indians in Sonoma County.
This document is the result of the Native Breastfeeding Council’s community assessment that was done in 2009. This includes our internal and external assessment, literature review and recommendations to promote breastfeeding for our community. It provides a framework that other communities can use in doing their own assessment.
[Community Assessment and Recommendations (Word Doc)]
Sonoma County Resources
La Leche League is an international organization dedicated to providing education, information, mother to mother support and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. They hold monthly meetings at the Women’s Health and Birth Center providing a support network for breastfeeding moms. There is a $40/year membership fee. They can be reached at 707-523-8697. The international La Leche League website it www.llli.org
Women’s Health and Birth Center at 583 Summerfield Road in Santa Rosa offers maternity care and classes including a two hour breastfeeding clinic every monday from 12-2pm facilitated by a lactation specialist. MediCal pays for this service. Non MediCal patients pay $30 for the two hour clinic. They can be reached at 707-539-1544. Their website is womenshealthandbirthcenter.com
The Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition is a group of community members from a variety of disciplines that gather on the third Tuesday of the month (12:00-1:30) in Santa Rosa to educate and empower women to breastfeed; to encourage breastfeeding friendly attitudes, policies, and images in the community; to promote unity among breastfeeding professionals and advocates and to increase public awareness of the value of breastfeeding. They provide information packets for mothers when discharged from the hospital, provide education to health care professionals, sponsor an annual “positive images of breastfeeding” photo contest, celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and provide breastfeeding stations at local health fairs and street fairs. To learn more about them you can go to www.sonoma-county.org/.../ph/mcah/breastfeedomgcpa;otopm/htm