Mayors Mr. Mark Kleinschmidt, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Ms. Lydia Lavelle, of Carrboro, NC, announced today their support of the Breastfeeding Family-Friendly Cities initiative, an effort led locally by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute.
[Photo: Members of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute staff include (l-r) Ms. Kathleen Anderson, Ms. Catherine Sullivan, director Dr. Miriam Labbok, Ms. Thea Calhoun-Smith and Ms. Kathy Parry]
The initiative recognizes cities that meet criteria related to making breastfeeding families feel welcome in the community’s public areas, educating people about the health benefits of breastfeeding and offering services to breastfeeding mothers and their families. A list of the criteria is available online.
Chapel Hill and Carrboro leaders aim to earn the designation before World Breastfeeding Week in 2016 (August 1-7).
The initiative is actively supported by a number of local organizations including Chapel Hill Rotary Clubs, The Catholic Community of St. Thomas More, La Leche League, the Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Health Department, Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, and others. The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute developed the program at the request of the national Baby-Friendly USA organization and the international World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and will continue in a coordination role for all program partners.