BreastStart is a project of the Mendocino Breastfeeding Coalition.
We recognize and celebrate that breastfeeding/chestfeeding is one of the best ways to protect the short and long-term health of babies and the health of lactating people.
Breastfeeding can impact the health of multiple generations.
Breastfeeding rates vary by race/ethnicity, income/class, and other social determinants of health. Barriers, unjust social structures, and historical injustices are at the root of these inequitable breastfeeding rates.
We seek to reduce barriers to improve support, access, and equity.
We seek to change the unjust social structures and systems that make breastfeeding/lactation more difficult.
We value the public health goals at local, state, and federal levels, that support lactation, and the personal lactation goals and successes as determined by individuals.
We are a group of parents, birth workers, educators, healthcare providers, public health professionals, and lactation specialists joining efforts facilitated by FIRST 5 Mendocino to strengthen local lactation supports.
Breastfeeding Coalition members agree to: