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Helping Oklahoma Moms and Babies Breastfeed Successfully

The Oklahoma State Department of Health views breastfeeding as the normal way of feeding babies. Breastfeeding helps babies get the best start in life.  It helps children reach their full potential for health and growth.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages actions that promote, protect, and support breastfeeding and the health of all Oklahoma children.

About Us

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working to achieve the goals set by Healthy People 2020, through breastfeeding promotion, education and support to health care providers, OSDH staff and the community.

For more information on state and national breastfeeding rates, visit the Centers for Disease Control - Breastfeeding Data and Statistics.

For more information about the Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Initiative or for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Activities, contact us:

405-271-4480                                        405-271-4676 or 1-888-655-2942
Nancy Bacon, MS, RD/LD, CDE             Rosanne Smith, RD/LD, IBCLC
MCH Nutrition Consultant                       Breastfeeding Coordinator
Maternal & Child Health Service              WIC Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health    Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street                              2401 NW 23rd Street, Suite 70
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299             Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2475
Fax 405-271-9202                                  Fax 405-271-5763

What's New...

Oklahoma Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites 
Health Department Partnerships Improve Oklahoma's Breastfeeding Rates
Opening this month & February - Two COBA baby cafes!
Breastfeeding, It's only natural "In a Word" 30-second PSA (radio)
Breastfeeding, It's only natural "In a Word" 60-second PSA (radio)
Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Resource Guide - February 2015
Lactation Consultant Information Form - new!
Support Group and Prenatal Class Information Form - new!
Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions - Womenshealth.gov 
  Resources for a variety of worksites (photos & videos)
Oklahoma's Infant Mortality Rate Continues to Decline: Statewide Efforts Show Promising Results!
Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25-31) with It's Only Natural, which includes tips and advice, inspiring videos, and visit the Breastfeeding board on Pinterest!
Bed-Sharing Practices Among First Time Mothers Who Breastfed at Least Eight Weeks (811k pdf) August 2014

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2014!
Launch of the CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Everyone Can Help Support a Mothers Breastfeeding Goal for Life!
HHS Office on Women's Health Launches National Worksite Lactation Resource Initiative
Half of Oklahoma Hospitals Encourage Breastfeeding by Not Giving Free Formula Bags
2013 Breastfeeding Legislation Cards - English and Spanish

WIC's Breastfeeding Booklet - The Hospital Experience (Engl) (4.99MB)
WIC's Breastfeeding Booklet - The Hospital Experience (Span) (4.96 MB)
Claremore Indian Hospital - Oklahoma's First Baby Friendly Hospital
    News Release
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2013
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week - Your Guide to Breastfeeding
It's Only Natural - Breastfeeding Public Information Campaign for African American women
New Breast Pump Benefits in the Affordable Care Act
Oklahoma Hospitals Work to be Designated Baby-Friendly
Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma Project
Update on Oklahoma Mother's Milk Bank
Hospitals Encourage Breastfeeding by Not Giving Formula Bags
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7, 2012

Breastfeeding Action Guides for Health Care Settings
Oklahoma Indian Tribal Organizations - WIC Program
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work-English (290 kb pdf)
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work-Spanish (295 kb pdf)
Plans for Oklahoma Mothers Milk Bank - Channel 9 Interview
Breastfeeding (womenshealth.gov)
CDC announces new effort to boost number of Baby-Friendly hospitals - CDC press release 10-13-11
Hospital Support for Breastfeeding - CDC Vital Signs August-2011

Speak Up poster-breastfeeding in the hospital (280 kb pdf)
Breastfeeding and Workplace Support PSA-English (MOV 2.9M)
Breastfeeding and Workplace Support-Spanish (MOV 3M)

Oklahoma Hospitals Urged to Support Breastfeeding
for Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates new website!
ILCA "10 More Reasons to Breastfeed" in English and Spanish
2011Department of Labor fact sheet on Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Military Breastfeeding Policies
Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
Executive Summary: Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline
Línea de Ayuda para la Lactancia en Oklahoma
24 Hour Toll-Free Breastfeeding Support Line for nursing mothers, their families, partners, prospective parents, and health professionals. All calls returned by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
1-877-271-MILK (6455)

Your Guide to Breastfeeding
This easy-to-read publication provides women the how-to information and support needed to breastfeed successfully.  Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Breastfeeding Works Brochure has been updated!

Oklahoma Lactation Consultant Resource Guide

New set of National Standards including Breastfeeding Support in Child Care Settings
     - Support of Breastfeeding Infants 
     - Child Care Breastfeeding Support Flyer

Free educational toolkit now online!

Workplace Breastfeeding Support Provision in Health Care Reform

"Workplace Breastfeeding Programs: Employer Case Studies"
New publication on Workplace Breastfeeding Programs,  from the National Business Group on Health in cooperation with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Bureau

Model Hospital Policy on Breastfeeding

Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) 

Office on Women’s Health

Creating a State of Health Logo