Engaging the community to improve

children's health in Hampton Roads

Breastfeeding 

CINCH is working to promote and support breastfeeding in Hampton Roads through the Healthy Start/Healthy Families Workgroup and various community initiatives.


Current Projects


Back to Work Toolkit

The Back to Work Toolkit will be a resource for breastfeeding moms (or those considering breastfeeding), employers, and families to use to help create a supportive environment for mom to return to work after the baby is born. The Back to Work Toolkit will have useful information such as breastfeeding mothers' rights, laws regulating breastfeeding support in the workplace, and creative ways to make breastfeeding work in non-traditional work environments. For more information about the breastfeeding laws in Virginia, click here. Check back for more information! 


Breastfeeding Incident Response Task Force 

CINCH often addresses breastfeeding-related incidents in Hampton Roads. In response, CINCH provides training and education to promote breastfeeding friendly environments and workplaces. CINCH is developing a Breastfeeding Incident Response Task Force to effectively address these community concerns. We are looking for passionate mothers, lawyers, healthcare workers, and other interested community members to help address breastfeeding-related incidents in the community.

If you are interested in joining the task force or more information, please contact Laurie McManama at (757) 446-6039 or email, CINCH@evms.edu 

Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project

The Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project is focused on increasing awareness & public acceptance of nursing as normal by engaging area businesses, museums, and public venues to pledge support & put up signage welcoming breastfeeding in their establishment.  

By partnering with local businesses, the Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project encourages new & future moms to feel more comfortable nursing in public places. Please review the materials for more information and how to get involved if you are a breastfeeding advocate or a business that is willing to support breastfeeding moms & babies.  

Please click on the following links to view & download Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project materials:

Become an Advocate!

Become a Breastfeeding Welcome Here Business!

 For more information on the Breastfeeding Welcome Here Project contact Laurie McManama (757) 446-6039 or email, CINCH@evms.edu 

 Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care 

Because breastfeeding provides the healthiest start for babies, providing ideal nutrition and a multitude of health benefits for both infant and mother, it is important for child care providers to support and encourage breastfeeding. We want to ensure that all breastfeeding families have the support they need to continue breastfeeding while their children attend child care centers.

FOR FAMILIES:

Breastfeeding Making it Work

Infant Feeding for All Families

Infant Feeding Plan for Child Care Centers 

Feeding Your Child Brochure

Our Center Supports Breastfeeding Brochure

 

FOR CHILD CARE CENTERS:

Sample Child Care Center Breastfeeding Policy

Books and Toys that Support Breastfeeding

Supporting Breastfeeding Employees

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS FOR SETTING UP YOUR PROGRAM:     

Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center Self-Inventory

Ten Steps to Having a Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Center

 

 For more information on the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Project contact Laurie McManama (757) 446-6039 or email, CINCH@evms.edu    

What's Happening

Obesity Prevention Workgroup
Meets the second Wednesday of each month at 12:30pm

Respiratory Health Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 9-10:30 am

Healthy Start/Healthy Families Workgroup
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 1:30 pm

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