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Illinois Breastfeeding in the News

          Northwest Herald - May 5, 2013


Centegra Health System stops giving mothers commercial formula bag to promote breastfeeding.


Chicago Tribune - January 10, 2013

Mothering Magazine - August 29, 2012

  • Trinity Hospital Selected for Best Fed Beginnings

WGN News & Advance for Nurses - August 2012


Advocate Trinity Hospital on Chicago's southeast side is on a journey to becoming a Baby Friendly Hospital and the word is getting out!  WGN picked up the story and now Advance for Nurses posted this article.

ABC Chicago - Local - July 03, 2012


Illinois General Assembly - June 28, 2012


Requires every hospital that provides birthing services to adopt an infant feeding policy that promotes breastfeeding. Requires a hospital to routinely communicate the infant feeding policy to staff in the hospital's obstetric and neonatal areas; authorizes posting of the policy on the hospital's Internet or Intranet web site or on the Internet or Intranet web site of the health system of which the hospital is a part. Requires that the policy apply to all mother-infant couplets in the hospital's obstetric and neonatal areas. Effective January 1, 2013.


CBS Chicago - Local - May 30, 2012


Policy brief prepared for the Chicago Department of Public Health, May 2011

The New York Times - Motherlode - May 15, 2012

NBC 5 Chicago - May 7, 2012


Little Company of Mary Hospital offers a new holistic approach to Cesarean birthing.

Cook County Public Health - May 2012


Describes a hospital's role in supporting moms and babies, drawing on the expertise of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, HealthConnect One, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and Northwest Community Hospital (6 minutes)

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM) - May 1, 2012

Public Citizen - Campaign Launched March 30, 2012

"We strongly urge you to immediately discontinue the distribution of commercial infant formula manufacturer discharge bags in your facility..." begins the letter sent to 2600 facilities across the country. For more information or to become involved, please click here.

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM) - February 9, 2012

Community Media Workshop - December 15, 2011

Huff Post Chicago - December 13, 2011

The Daily Herald - November 21, 2011

Northwest Community Hospital's new breastfeeding peer counselor program

Women's Health on - Associated Press (Chicago) - September 26, 2011

American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter - September 23, 2011

The Nation's Health (APHA) - September 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - August 2011

You can track Illinois' progress by reviewing the current outcome indicators (based on 2008 data) and comparing them to the previous state-by-state outcome indicators (based on 2007 data).

WOMENSENEWS - August 26, 2011

Healthy Chicago report by the Chicago Department of Public Health - August 16, 2011


The State Journal-Register - August 15, 2011


Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM) - August 2, 2011



Illinois Department of Human Services - August 2011


The Leaky B@@b, by guest-blogger Star - June 16, 2011


Chicago Department of Public Health - Policy Prescription - May 17, 2011


The Times (Ottawa) - May 14, 2011

The Times (Ottawa) - May 14, 2011 

Milk for Thought Blog - May 7, 2011

HC One Project Manager Beth Pellettieri takes a deeper look at Illinois breastfeeding data, and shares some of the barriers faced by breastfeeding women in Illinois.  “We want this to be a group effort," she says. "An implementation group meets at end of month to decide what prioritize, how we can be more strategic moving forward, as well as include all the amazing things people and advocates are already doing.” 


Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM) - May 5, 2011


"When it comes to feeding infants, the healthiest option is mother’s milk. But many Chicago-area hospitals don’t act like it. Should authorities crack down?"  ~ WBEZ Reporter Chip Mitchell

  • State encourages moms to breast-feed

Media outlets throughout and beyond the state of Illinois reported on the Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint launch in Springfield, including the Chicago Tribune, the Rockford Register Star, Fox 2 Now in St. Louis, the State Journal Register, and The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, among others.  - April 28, 2011

Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ 91.5 FM) - March 14, 2011


HC One Executive Director Rachel Abramson shares her perspective on hospital practices which support breastfeeding, and WBEZ reporter Chip Mitchell compares Illinois Hospital Report Card data from the 49 hospitals that deliver babies in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.


The New York Times - February 10, 2011


"I know I would not have been able to breastfeed my son if I hadn't had such great support and resources in the hospital where I gave birth, and I would love to be able to support other mothers going through those first days and weeks of breastfeeding."

~ Chicago mom Kate Lucien, after hearing HC One's Rachel Abramson on WBEZ