Meeting Minutes- 08/18/2023

North Central Breastfeeding Task Force

08/18/23 Meeting Agenda

    1. Intros/ Updates
      1. Margaret Saltysiak- Chair of NCBTF, UCSD Lactation Instructor, NILCA Treasurer.
      2. Zachary Heindl – McHenry County, WIC Coordinator
      3. Pamela Chay – Program Manager, Lake Forest Hospital
      4. Summer Richards – Well Child Center WIC Program
      5. Glendean Burton- MCH Nurse Consultant SIDS of IL
    2. Legislative updates
    3. World Breastfeeding Week
      T-shirt distribution

    4. Community Health Assessment
      1. What it is/ why it’s important
        The discussion revolves around the need to identify doulas and home visiting programs for clients, with a particular focus on addressing gaps in primary breastfeeding support. This emphasis is placed before exploring other areas such as businesses, childcare centers, and schools.
      2. What data is needed
        Obtain information from various sources, including hospitals for lactation consultant data. However, they highlight challenges in accessing data from hospitals. Action items are assigned to collect relevant information from health departments, WIC programs, hospitals, and community resources.
      3. Next steps
        The ultimate goal is to have meaningful data on identified gaps within two months’ time. Connect with the founder of Baby Cafes as a potential resource.

    5. Breastfeeding Friendly Business Program
      1. New businesses in Naperville designated as breastfeeding friendly
      2. The suggestion is made to establish “baby cafes” that would offer mentoring, education, and support for breastfeeding mothers.

    6. Other News
      1. Please check out the website if you have not already:
        1. Facebook:  New Facebook page. Please follow and share.
        2. Mini talk: Margaret will try to find speakers to do a mini talk or update for each Task Force meeting moving forward. Please send any ideas or offers to speak to Margaret at
        3. Stories/ pictures: If your group has received a mini grant in the past, please share stories or pictures to be added to the website!
    7. Meetings
      Next meeting: September 8th, 1pm

Action Items:

  1. Follow-up with the Breastfeeding Friendly Business program
  2. Follow-up with the Community Health Assessment
  3. Inviting new participants
  4. Gather the baseline data on breastfeeding services and demographics, including the number of deliveries, initiation of breastfeeding, and other related statistics.