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      A Case Study of Michigan’s Breastfeeding Initiative: The Role of Coalitions in Community-Based Breastfeeding Support

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          The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) funded 9 local breastfeeding coalitions to implement breastfeeding support groups and to develop breastfeeding resources for mothers and health professionals. The authors conducted qualitative analyses of reports, success stories, and MDCH grantees’ interview responses (via follow-up call with 3 coalitions) to assess key barriers, facilitators, and lessons learned for coalitions implementing breastfeeding support groups. Coalitions noted implementation barriers related to their organizational structure and to recruiting mothers and finding meeting locations. Facilitators to implementing breastfeeding support groups included referrals, expertise, resources, and incentives. The following themes emerged from the reports analysis regarding how to implement breastfeeding support groups: “meet moms where they are,” build community partnerships, and leverage in-kind and financial resources to sustain breastfeeding support groups.

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          Journal
          8709498
          1385
          J Hum Lact
          J Hum Lact
          Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
          0890-3344
          1552-5732
          29 August 2015
          18 August 2015
          November 2015
          01 November 2016
          : 31
          : 4
          : 611-613
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Atlanta, GA, USA
          Author notes
          Corresponding Author: Iris J. Hudson, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mail Stop F-77, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA. ihudson@ 123456cdc.gov
          Article
          PMC4600669 PMC4600669 4600669 hhspa719139
          10.1177/0890334415601358
          4600669
          26286470

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