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Save The Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015 CABC Conference: Obstacles to Achieving Breastfeeding Goals at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Mark your calendars. Our fall conference, Obstacles to Achieving Breastfeeding Goals, will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. We are thrilled to have Penny Simkin, Diana Cassar-Uhl and Katrina Pavlik as our expert speakers. More information will follow soon. Look for registration to open in mid-July. If you are interested in being part of the planning process, please attend our next meeting on March 9, 2015 at Brookdale Senior Living, 13th Floor, 1111 Ontario St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Nominate a Physician or Nurse-Practitioner for Outstanding Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy

The Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition will be recognizing Chicagoland Physicians and Nurse-Practitioners for outstanding breastfeeding support and advocacy in clinical practice. We are seeking nominations of area providers from parents and healthcare colleagues to spotlight high levels of professionalism, commitment, and support for breastfeeding mothers and babies. Final awardees will be recognized and receive the CABC's Breastfeeding-Friendly Award at our Fall Conference. Please choose the appropriate nomination form below to nominate a primary care provider. The deadline for nomination submission online is March 31, 2015.

Parents Nomination Form

Healthcare Colleague Nomination Form

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 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.

2014 Breastfeeding Friendly Award Winners

  • David Brottman, MD

    3325 N. Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, iL

  • Charles Crotteau, MD

    4600 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL

  • Richard David, MD

    1900 W. Polk St., Chicago IL

  • George Elvove, MD

    1029 West Park Ave, Libertyville, IL

  • Claire Rathnau-Minnella, ND, APN, CPNP, IBCLC

    1460 N Halsted #502, Chicago, IL

CABC 2014 Physician and Nurse-Practitioner Nominees

  • Debra Gulson, MD

Congratulations to Illinois' Newest Baby-Friendly Hospitals, Litttle Company of Mary in Evergreen Park and St. Mary's in Decatur

Little Company of Mary Hospital Achieves Baby-Friendly Hospital Status in December 2012

The Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition is delighted to congratulate all of the staff at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park 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.

The staff at Little Company of Mary worked for several years to meet the rigorous standards required to become Baby-Friendly. Little Company of Mary is the third Illinois hospital to achieve this status and the first in the Chicago area.

St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur Achieves Baby-Friendly Status in January 2013

Congratulations to all of the staff at St. Mary's Hospital for your outstanding achievement becoming Illinois' fourth Baby-Friendly Hospital.


Private Practice Lactation Consultants 2015 Directory

Find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

The Private Practice Lactation Consultants Directory may be used to find professional breastfeeding support in your community. Consultants listed provide a range of services throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area including in-home and office consultation, breastpump sales and rentals, classes and retail services. This directory will be useful to parents, physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, doulas, hospital based Lactation Consultants, breastfeeding support counselors and anyone seeking professional breastfeeding support or breastfeeding equipment. The directory is provided by the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition as a community service. The coalition does not endorse or guarantee services of any provider.


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Join the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC)

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.

Brochure: Join the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC)

You can download the new brochure so you can:

  • read it yourself,
  • email it to others, or
  • print a few to display or handout.

There are two ways to download it.

  1. Get the whole brochure. This is both sides of the brochure, good for viewing for yourself, or emailing to others.
  2. Get side 1 of the brochure. Then get side 2 of the brochure. Now you can print out a stack of "side 1's", then depending on your printer, you can reinsert (or turn over) your stack and print out "side 2" on each. Now fold and display or handout where you like.

Update: you can now join online.

For further information contact us at: contact@chicagoareabfc.org

Variety of Breastfeeding Resources

Find a Lactation Consultant

Find an Illinois La Leche League group in your area

Find local Illinois WIC (Woman, Infants and Children) office
telephone: (217) 782-2166
toll-free in-state: 1-800-323-4769
fax: (217) 785-5247
email: dhshpat@dhs.state.il.us

Common Sense Breastfeeding Topics by Diane Wiessinger

Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher (member of CABC) and Kathy Kendall-Tacket

History of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition

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:

Northern Illinois Lactation Consultants Association
Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force
North Central Region Breastfeeding Task Force
La Leche League of Illinois
Lactation Resource Alliance
Metropolitan Illinois Lactation Consultants

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