TOPS Receives Breastfeeding Grant

TOPS’ partnership with the NACCHO project Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Through Peer and Professional Lactation Support aims to provide support to, and increase the breastfeeding success for young mothers. The project is a collaborative between national, state, and local public health and community-based organizations aimed at building community support for and encouraging breastfeeding in underserved populations. This grant has two goals: 1.) to increase implementation of evidence-based and innovative peer and professional breastfeeding support programs, practices, and services; and 2.) to increase local, state and national partnerships and awareness of the processes, successes, and challenges of implementing and expanding access to local peer and professional lactation support services. TOPS includes breastfeeding education during prenatal health classes and, as a result of this partnership, recently began breastfeeding support groups at all of our locations, which are facilitated by TOPS lactation professionals. In 2014, 90% of TOPS participants breastfed their newborns (compared to less than 50% of teen mothers nationally)!

TOPS is grateful for this opportunity to increase breastfeeding success for adolescent mothers!