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Kellogg Foundation grant supports development of new method for delivery of BFI program

Thanks to a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, a partnership is developing new ways to provide Michigan residents with the information and help they need to raise healthy families.

The $650,000 two-year grant will help support the work of the Breast-feeding Initiative (BFI), a partnership between Michigan State University, MSU Extension and the Michigan Department of Community Health: Women, Infants and Children Division (WIC).

Beth Olson, associate professor in the MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and AgBioResearch scientist, is principal investigator for the grant. She and Jean Kerver, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Patricia Benton, MSU Extension program leader in the Health and Nutrition Institute, will team up to develop and pilot a new method for delivering the BFI program. The BFI focuses on increasing the breast-feeding rates among women living in low-income situations.

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Walk raises awareness of working mothers’ breastfeeding challenges

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Michigan State University and the MSU Extension Breastfeeding Initiative (BFI) Mother to Mother Peer Program came out to celebrate with the second annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding: Making It Work,” highlights the importance of supporting our employed breastfeeding mothers. Sheilah Hebert, MSUE BFI associate program leader, says that when working moms can continue breastfeeding, everybody wins. She explains that babies have fewer illnesses, mothers have fewer sick days to care for their infants and companies benefit from decreased employee turnover and lower health care costs.

 For an article highlighting the walk, see http://www.statenews.com/index.php/article/2010/08/breastfeeding_awareness_walk_held

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