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History of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition: Mission and Goals

Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC) came together in 2003 for the purpose of promoting breastfeeding in the Chicago area. We are made up of individuals and members from other Chicago area breastfeeding advocacy groups and ILCA affiliates:

Breastfeed Chicago
Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force
North Central Region Breastfeeding Task Force
Lactation Resource Alliance
La Leche League of Illinois
Metropolitan Illinois Lactation Consultants
Mother's Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes
Northern Illinois Lactation Consultants Association

The mission of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition is to encourage collaboration among Chicago area breastfeeding advocates in order to more effectively protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

Our Goals:
To promote better communication among coalition members and member organizations

To provide and support education for professionals working with breastfeeding families

To increase public awareness of the positive outcomes associated with breastfeeding for babies, mothers, and communities

Find Breastfeeding Help

Breastfeed Chicago, a Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition member organization and exemplary breastfeeding advocacy organization has put together this directory of IBCLC Lactation Consultants in private practice and listing of area drop-in clinics.
The directory will be useful to parents, physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, doulas, hospital based Lactation Consultants, breastfeeding support counselors and anyone seeking professional breastfeeding support, breastfeeding supplies or equipment. You will also find a directory of area Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinics, a map of area breastfeeding support groups and other great resources for breastfeeding families on Breastfeed Chicago’s website.
The Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition does not endorse or guarantee services of any provider.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition’s Breastfeeding Friendly Award!

Since 2010, the CABC has been honoring area Physicians and Nurse-Practitioners with its Baby Friendly Practitioner Awards in order to bring recognition to their outstanding breastfeeding support. Winners are nominated by the families they serve or by other health-care providers. Receiving this award gives a wider audience to the contributions of these providers in the promotion of breastfeeding as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle for babies and mothers and speaks highly to their dedication to the health of families across the Chicago area. Awards are presented at our annual dinner seminar for Physicians and Nurse Practitioners. We also acknowledge the contributions of the nominees for this coveted award for their ongoing efforts to support breastfeeding in the Greater Chicagoland Community.

CABC 2016 Breastfeeding Friendly Award Winners

  • Dr. Deborah A. Boyle -- Downers Grove
  • Dr. Tamajah Gibson -- Melrose Park
  • Dr. Shelly Mann -- Grayslake
  • Dr. Joyce Turley -- Waukegan
  • Dr. William White -- Franklin Park

CABC 2016 Breastfeeding Friendly Award Nominees

  • Dr. Alexandra Downing -- Hoffman Estates
  • Dr. Karen Federici -- Genoa
  • Dr. Jennifer Schening -- South Elgin
  • Dr. Natalie Lambajian-Drummond, MD -- Yorkville

Illinois Now Has Seventeen Baby-Friendly Hospitals!

The Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition congratulates these hospitals on achieving what is considered the Gold Standard in the world of breastfeeding----- the international designation of Baby-Friendly Hospital granted by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. This designation requires that hospitals implement the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital, Chicago
  • HSHS St Mary’s Hospital, Decatur
  • Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, IL
  • Alton Memorial Hospital, Alton, IL
  • Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb, IL
  • Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park
  • Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood
  • Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Carbondale
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL/li>
  • Pekin Memorial Hospital, Pekin
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago
  • Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • St John’s Hospital, Springfield
  • SwedishAmerican Hospital, Rockford, IL
  • Valley West Hospital, Sandwich, IL
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    Strength in Numbers

    Founded in 2003, the CABC is a network of individuals and organizations who believe that infant and family health can be improved by making breastfeeding the norm. We are dedicated to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding and increasing its acceptance in the greater Chicago area.

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