January 13, 2023 Minutes

North Central Breastfeeding Task Force

01/13/2023 Meeting Minutes

  1. Intros/ Updates
    1. Attendees:
      1. Erin Stisser: McHenry WIC Peer Counselor
      2. Nancy Chrest- WIC Coordinator McHenry
      3. Rose Stromer- Will County Health Department- BF Coordinator
      4. Summer Richards- BF Coordinator Well Child Northern Kane County
      5. Julie Krohn- BF Coordinator Lake County
      6. Pam Chay- LC Lake Forest Hospital
      7. Ruth Flores- Aunt Martha’s WIC
      8. Jessica Lopez
      9. Vanessa Garcia- Program Supervisor Kids Above All
      10. Margaret Saltysaik- Chair, NCBTF
  2. Legislative update
    1. Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act passed 12/29/2022
      1. Provides the right to break time and space to pump breast milk at work to millions more workers, including teachers and nurses
      2. Makes it possible for workers to file a lawsuit to seek monetary remedies in the event that their employer fails to comply
      3. Clarifies that pumping time must be paid if an employee is not completely relieved from duty
    2. Access to Donor Milk Act introduced in Senate
      1. Would increase federal support for and expand access to donated breast milk for parents and their medically-vulnerable infants at nonprofit milk banks nationwide
      2. Would allow state agencies to use Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) funding to promote the benefits and need for donor milk and to support donor milk activities in states
      3. Would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine how donor milk should be regulated
  1. NCBTF/ NILCA joint virtual conference
    1. Registration live today!
    2. Conference information:
      2. Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
      3. Cost $40.
      4. Discount available for students and Peer Counselors- Email contact@northcentralbreastfeedingtaskforce.com for more information.
      5.  Speakers:
        1. Cindy Rubin, IBCLC- 2022 Mastitis Spectrum Protocol
        2. Juei Lee- Pediatric Dentist- Tethered Oral Structures
        3. Meghan McMillin, MS, RDN, IBCLC- The Lactation Dietitian- Breastfeeding and Allergies
        4. Katie Prezas, IBCLC- Lactation and Mental Health
        5. Roundtable Discussion- Breastfeeding Advocacy
        6. Updates from breastfeeding advocacy organization: IPHI and USBC
  2. US Breastfeeding Committee Membership
    1. What it means
      1. The USBC is the national partner to advance policy and practices and facilitate the implementation of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. The cross-cutting nature of breastfeeding calls for collaboration and outreach across a spectrum of sectors to ensure consistency and quality of breastfeeding support to every family. Becoming an integral part of this grassroots to treetops movement will provide members with sustained capacity building support from USBC, and opportunities for collaborative action with local, state and national partners.
    2. How it benefits us
      1. sustained capacity building support from USBC, and opportunities for collaborative action with local, state and national partners
      2. Access to resources, webinars, and partnership building to further our work
  3. Community Health Assessment
        1. What it is
          1. A health assessment for a specific area that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis
          2. Gives organizations comprehensive information about the community’s current health status, needs, and issues
          3. This information can help with developing a community health improvement plan by justifying how and where resources should be allocated to best meet community needs
        2. Why we’re doing it
          1. To understand our population of mothers
          2. To understand healthcare support in the area
          3. To understand breastfeeding support in the area
          4. To identify gaps
        3. How can you help
          1. Complete the resource survey
          2. Review the data
          3. Email any additional ideas, resources, or information to contact@northcentralbreastfeedingtaskforce.com
        4. After the initial data gathering is done, we will meet to examine the data, identify gaps, and formulate a strategic plan for improving breastfeeding support in our service area.
  4. Goals
    1. Would like to move toward identifying a number of specific goals for each year that we work towards accomplishing. Other projects can be completed, but we will have a certain number of very specific goals that we work to achieve, as well.
    2. Ie. Helping to strengthen the breastfeeding community/ resources after discharge in Will County. (or something similar to this)
    3. Develop a strategic plan for promoting and maximizing mini grants. Also, create a formal process around how applications are approved.
  5. Other News
    1. Breastfeeding Law cards
      1. Summer will send Margaret copies for reference.
      2. Margaret will get price on creating new cards to distribute to members.
    2. Please check out the website if you have not already.
      1. News
      2. Advocacy Resources
      3. Legislation Updates
      4. Events
      5. Studies
      6. Webinars/ Conferences 
    3. The emails will now be sent out via MailChimp.
      1. Those who no longer wish to receive the emails can unsubscribe themselves.
      2. Anyone interested in joining the mailing list can sign up on the website.
      3. Social Media:
        1. Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NCBTF
        2. Twitter: https://twitter.com/NorthCentralBTF
        3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ncbtaskforce/
        4. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/north-central-breastfeeding-task-force/
    4. Stories/ pictures: If your group has received a mini grant in the past, please share stories or pictures to be added to the website!
    5. Looking for someone to help with meeting minutes.
  6. Treasurer Report
    1. $1500- from the IDHS/ WIC grant money
    2. Other money- $0
    3. Upcoming expenses
      1. We will split the speaker stipends with NILCA for any cost that is not covered by tuition.
  7. Meetings
    1. Should we move to monthly meetings instead of bi-monthly?
    2. Next Meeting: March 10th- At this meeting we will review the data from the community health analysis and the resource survey and begin identifying gaps and goals.

Action Items:

  1. Please complete the resource survey to help us understand all the breastfeeding support in our service area.
  2. Continue thinking of ways we can do outreach to businesses, etc. to educate about IL breastfeeding law. This could be one of our specific goals for the year.
  3. Please feel free to send me any events or info that would be helpful for others to see and I can add to the website!



Email: contact@northcentralbreastfeedingtaskforce.com

Phone- Margaret Saltysiak: 312-813-4866