News/Events

Gift Training
  • Hospitals that are enrolled with The Gift receive online and off-line training for hospital staff and providers. Download this executive summary to learn more about the Coffective Provider Education that is now available to enrolled hospitals.
  • To access The Gift Train-the-Trainer and Technical Assistance webinar recordings, enrolled hospitals can visit the “Resources for Enrolled Facilities” section of the website, by clicking here.

Marijuana Use and Breastfeeding

As more states legalize the sale of marijuana and its components, there is concern for how they might impact fetal and neonatal health. A recent article released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states it strongly advises not to use cannabidiol (CBD), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and marijuana in any form during pregnancy or while … Continue reading “Marijuana Use and Breastfeeding”

NEW! 2019 Breastfeeding Data

The latest breastfeeding rates are now available from the CDC’s National Immunization Survey (NIS) and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). The most recent NIS data indicate that breastfeeding initiation rates in Louisiana continue to rise from 67.0% to 70.1% among babies born in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Rates for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding also … Continue reading “NEW! 2019 Breastfeeding Data”

Cafe au Lait Expands Statewide

Café au Lait, a free breastfeeding support group in New Orleans, recently expanded to include additional communities throughout the state: Opelousas, Shreveport and Bossier City. Its mission is to improve breastfeeding outcomes through a culturally appropriate space for parents to gather and provide peer support. To help build statewide continuity among breastfeeding clubs for women … Continue reading “Cafe au Lait Expands Statewide”

17 Baby-Friendly Hospitals in LA!

Congratulations to Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, LA, which recently achieved Baby-Friendly designation! Melissa Sheridan, RN, IBCLC, shared (see below and Read More for full interview) how the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding impacted mothers receiving care at the facility as well as what it was like going through the … Continue reading “17 Baby-Friendly Hospitals in LA!”