Ely Blackwood (Bend), Catherine Paul (Roseburg), Kevin McCray Jr. (Portland), Brittany Vuylsteke (Portland) Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon (BCO) is pleased to announce, Ely Blackwood, Catherine Paul, Kevin McCray and Brittany Vuylsteke have been appointed to the BCO Board of Directors for two-year terms.

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon aims to positively impact all the spheres of influence that surround a breastfeeding family, so together we experience a culture which supports, promotes and protects breastfeeding as biologically normative.

Sen. Jeff Merkley Urges Physicians, Nurses to Raise Their Voices

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Healthcare reform, environmental legislation wouldn't have been possible without the voices of providers, he told those attending the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility event

January 22, 2013 -- According to public opinion polls, U.S. Senators are less well-liked and less well-respected than cockroaches, Sen. Jeff Merkley told a small crowd of physicians, nurses and community members last week. Doctors and nurses, on the other, consistently rank at the top of public opinion polls – so when it comes to public policy, their opinions often hold more sway.

Northwest Mother's Milk Bank nearing opening donation goal

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Nationwide, the number of breast milk donations increased by 17 percent in 2011, but advocates say many are still unaware of the practice
August 10, 2012 -- The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is still inching toward its goal of opening a facility where donated breast milk can be processed and donated back into the community – without the added expense and time involved in shipping donor milk to out-of-state labs to process.

Public Health Division Looks to Improve Breastfeeding Rates

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Numerous grant-funded projects throughout the state are aiming to reduce barriers, increase awareness of breast feeding, and encourage mothers

June 1, 2012— Although 90 percent of Oregon women start out breastfeeding their newly born infants, only 21 percent continue breastfeeding until their infant is six months old. Oregon’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program hopes to get that number higher with the help of additional dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Northwest Mothers Milk Bank Halfway to its Fundraising Goal

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The group needs to purchase lab equipment before it can start processing donations locally

November 22, 2011 -- The Northwest Mothers Milk Bank is halfway toward its fundraising goal of $400,000 – the amount the organization needs to open a physical location to process donations.

The bump is thanks to a $125,000 donation from Oregon Health Insurers Partnering for Prevention (OHIPP), a group of health insurers convened by the Oregon Public Health Institute.

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