Upcoming Breastfeeding Conferences in Georgia

Searching for Excellence:

The Breastfeeding Community at Work

October 30, 2014

Augusta, Georgia

Presented by

 The CSRABreastfeeding Coalition, Inc.


Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS, FAAP

at The Snelling Center

 registration form Augusta Breastfeeding Conference Registration Form (3)

please contact Donna Wilson at Donna.Wilson@dph.ga.gov


Lactation Fast Track

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 

Lawrenceville, Georgia 


Presented by: 

Gwinnett, Newton, and 

Rockdale County Health 


in collaboration with 

Gwinnett Medical Center 


featuring Dr. Jennifer Thomas, MD, IBCLC


registration form Lactation Fast Track Brochure 2014 (1)

QUESTIONS or for a registration form 

Call or e-mail Meredith Peirce at 678-376-3215 or 


August is Breastfeeding Month in Georgia!

Greetings! Governor Nathan Deal will sign a Proclamation of August as Breastfeeding Month in Georgia on
Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 9:30 AM. Please pass along the info below and feel free to use the proclamation in any of your World Breastfeeding Week activities! It is attached to this email. Please forward this email to your contacts who would be interested. It will be helpful for planning purposes to know how many people we are expecting so please RSVP to GeorgiaBreastfeedingCoalition@gmail.com – Thanks and see you on the 13th!

Proclamation Signing
Wednesday, August 13th
Meet at 9 am in the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda
Parking nearby available on the street(metered and in garage and surface lots near Underground Atlanta- please carpool!
Don’t Bring: weapons of any kind into the Capitol Building
Do Bring: State Issued ID, babies, children, grandparents, DADS!


Click here for a pdf of the Proclamation  Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2014 (1)

ZipMilk is Here!

We are pleased to announce that the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition has partnered with ZipMilk.org.  The ZipMilk website provides listings for breastfeeding resources sorted by ZIP Code and was developed by the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.  It is currently used by Massachusetts, North Carolina, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, with several other states in the pipeline.    It is designed for use by consumers interested in breastfeeding help and support, as well as by providers who want to provide their clients access to such resources.  The Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition will collect and maintain the data on ZipMilk for our state.  The site is free for providers and consumers, and is also free of corporate influences.

We encourage you to visit the site, enter your information, and ask your colleagues to do the same.  We also encourage you to promote ZipMilk in your communities.  It is a great resource for classes, discharge materials, etc.  We are doing great work in Georgia to increase the breastfeeding duration rates and our board of directors feels that ZipMilk can serve as an easy access point to critical professional and peer support.  So please ‘get listed!’ If you have questions about ZipMilk, please contact us at GeorgiaZipMilk@gmail.com.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to www.ZipMilk.org
  2. Click “Submit a Listing”
  3. Follow the prompts to enter your information
  4. The Georgia ZipMilk administrators will review your listing and approve it or email you for clarification.  You can expect your listing to be reviewed within 5-10 business days.
  5. Remember to come back and update your information as often as necessary by clicking “Update a Listing” at the bottom of the ZipMilk homepage, under “Contact.”

If you’d like to request a ZipMilk Starter Kit (with a magnet and 20 business cards), please send your  mailing address to GeorgiaZipMilk@gmail.com

2014 Annual Meeting- Register Now!

Please join us for the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition.  The meeting will be held at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia on Friday, April 25th from 11 am-1 pm.  A light lunch will be served.  If you are unable to travel to Savannah, please join the meeting via webinar.

RSVP now: Contact GBC Board Member and meeting registrar, Chrysta Andrews at 678-696-2247 cbandrews@dhr.state.ga.us

Reserve your Webinar seat now at  https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/929126479

Click here for a printable flyer to share: annual meeting flyer 2014

Winter Webinar

Please join us for a free informational webinar on Thursday, February 20th, 2014.  Our topic is The History of Infant Feeding: Stories and Myths presented by Theresa Brown, IBCLC, lactation consultant at Hamilton Medical Center.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/519053311

Advocacy Opportunity from the US Breastfeeding Committee

Action Alert: Help us send 5,000 letters telling Congress that breastfeeding success shouldn’t depend on a mom’s job type!

Currently, federal law requires employers to provide nursing mothers who are hourly wage-earners (“nonexempt” employees) reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom location to express breast milk for one year after the child’s birth. Yet this provision does not cover “exempt” or salaried employees. The Supporting Working Moms Act would ensure a fair and uniform national policy by extending the existing federal provision to cover approximately 12 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers.

We’re already halfway to our goal! Help us reach 5,000 messages to Congress by sharing this link with a friend, family member, or coworker today: www.usbreastfeeding.org/swma13-action

Governor Deal Proclaims August 2013 is Breastfeeding Month in Georgia

Governor Deal and breastfeeding advocates, August 7 2012

Governor Deal and breastfeeding advocates, August 7 2012

Twenty-six breastfeeding advocates from across the state, joined by 13 breastfed babies and children and several grandmothers, gathered in the State Capitol in Atlanta on a rainy morning to thank Governor Nathan Deal for proclaiming August 2013 as Breastfeeding Month in Georgia.  Holding the proclamation with the Governor is Dr. Seema Csukas of the Department of Public Health.   Click here to read this years  updated proclamation!  Next year we’d like to get more fathers out to participate.   Enjoy the rest of World Breastfeeding Month!

Governor Deal Signing Breastfeeding Month Proclamation August 7th

Breastfeeding Awareness Month 2013
On very short notice, Governor Nathan Deal has agreed to a photo op ‘signing’ of the Proclamation of August as Breastfeeding Month in Georgia on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7th at 11:30 am.  The Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition would love to see many breastfeeding supporters and nursing mothers and babies. Pass the word along!  We will gather in the Capitol Rotunda from 11-11:15 am.  Parking is available in nearby lots; please bring photo id to enter the capitol building.
What a great way to wrap up World Breastfeeding Week!  Please email Claire Eden, Georgia Breastfeeding Coordinator, with any questions and to RSVP so we can give the Governor’s office an estimate on attendance: ceden@gaaap.org
Thank you Governor Deal!

Governor Purdue with breastfeeding advocates in 2010.

Governor Purdue with breastfeeding advocates in 2010.

2013 Breastfeeding Friendly Physician of the Year

Richard Spanjer, MD

Dick Daily Citizen Breastfeeding award
On Tuesday, March 26th, the Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition (GBC)  honored Dalton pediatrician, Richard Spanjer, MD with the 2013 GBC Physician Award for Breastfeeding Support, at their Annual Meeting Dinner.

The Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition Physician Award for Breastfeeding is given each year to a doctor who supports breastfeeding by educating mothers, supporting research and legislation related to lactation, offering community and peer support programs and who has an office that is baby-friendly.

Dr. Richard Spanjer has done all the above while serving the families of Dalton and the surrounding area for over 35 years.  According to his many admiring patient families, Dr Spanjer is known for his kindness and consideration and his unflagging belief in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Dr. Spanjer was born in 1943 in Cedartown, GA.  He grew up there and then attended the University of Colorado for his undergraduate degree.  Medical school saw him attending Emory University in Atlanta.  His internship and residency were at Grady Memorial Hospital and Henrietta Egleston Children’s Hospital, both in Atlanta.  In 1971, while at Grady, he met and married his wife, Patty, a pediatric nurse.  They have five children, the first born while working at the Navajo Indian Reservation in the mid 70’s and the other four born after moving to Dalton, GA and joining the practice of Pediatrics of Dalton in 1976.  Dr Spanjer remains a partner of that practice and an active pediatrician to this day.

Other nominees include Eric Karlen, MD, Marietta; Joshua Lane, MD, Augusta;
Ramon Ramos, MD, Savannah
Brenda Marino, MD, Marietta
Mia Armstrong, MD, Albany
Rachel Lipson, MD, Cobb
Andrew Tucker, MD, Savannah
Robert Wiskind, MD, Atlanta
Kathryn McLeod, MD, Augusta
Angela Felany, MD, Ellijay
Allison Ward, MD, Ellijay
Maribel Angka-Servera, MD, Alpharetta
Greg McHan, MD, Blue Ridge
Daniel Rojas, MD, Ellijay
Bridget Dauphin, MD, Douglasville
Flavia Mercado, MD, Atlanta
Marilyn Kaufman, MD, Douglasville
Ehteshamul Huque, MD, Douglasville
Terri McFadden, MD, Atlanta
Alice Caldwell, MD, Augusta
Vaishali Kute, MD, Dunwoody

Annual Meeting Minutes

Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

Annual Meeting

March 26, 2013

2:00 PM-4:00 PM



Attendees: 34 physically / 10 via webinar

Location: Dalton/Gaston Community Center, Dalton GA


  1. Welcome
  • Pam Holland opened the meeting and introduced the board members.
  • Pam read names of nominating committee, and requested a volunteer to re-write the GBC by-laws. Leah Aldridge volunteered.
  • The minutes from the 11/14/2012 meeting were approved.
  • For the period November ‘12-March ‘13, there has been $500 receipts and $316.97 in disbursements. The current cash balance is $6,190.37. (See attached Cash Flow Statement.) The financial report was approved.
  • SELCA – Liane Varnes
  1. Minutes & Financial Report
  1. Partner Reports

Liane reported on current membership numbers, upcoming meetings, and free trainings available on their website, www.SELCA.info.

  • La Leche League – Amanda Walker

Amanda gave an overview of the Ga LLL group’s peer support meetings, breastfeeding resources, and phone/email support. For more information visit their website, www.LLLofGA.org.

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – Leah Aldridge

Leah gave an overview and update of the Ga IBCLC Licensure, HB 363: Lactation Practice Act. The Executive Summary of the bill is available on the HMHB website, www.hmhbga.org.

  • Baby Friendly 5 Star Incentive Program – Marcia Hunter, DPH / Debi Miller, Doctor’s Hospital

Marcia gave an overview and update of the program. Nine of the ten hospitals that were selected are still in the program. The grant year ends in September this year. Debi gave an update on her hospital’s progress in program. Their goal is to have 80% of their staff trained by September.

  • EPIC Breastfeeding Education Program – Arlene Toole

Arlene gave an overview of the EPIC BF program hosted by the Ga Chapter AAP. For more information visit the EPIC website, www.gaepic.org.

  1. Project Reports
  • New Website: Kat Chiu gave an update on the GBC website, www.georgiabreastfeedingcoalition.org. Please visit the website and submit your comments/suggestions to Kat. (See attached Website Critique spreadsheet.)
  • World Breastfeeding Week Proclamation: Kat reported that the proclamation is scheduled to be completed by the first week in August. If you have copies of previous proclamations, please forward them to Kat, amcbe@comcast.net.
  • Business Case for Breastfeeding: Carol Hendrix gave an update and reported that there are 10 breast pumps left for distribution to businesses who want to set-up a work lactation room for their breastfeeding employees.


Claire Eden also reported that a grant was awarded by the Ga Health Foundation to promote the business case in select counties in Georgia. Contact Claire if you want to partner with her on this initiative.

  • Physician Award: Arlene Toole reported on the 2013 Breastfeeding Friendly Physician Award nominees. The winner is Dr. Richard Spanjer, pediatrician from Dalton.
  • Breastfeeding Resources Database: Claire Eden reported that the GBC was awarded a grant by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation to develop breastfeeding resources for physicians and mothers.


Another grant was awarded by US Breastfeeding Committee for a special project called “Continuity of Care”. Contact Claire for more information.

  • IBCLC Development Taskforce: Kathy Sasser gave an overview of the taskforce goals to support IBCLCs seeking licensure, and others seeking IBCLE certification.
  1. Local Coalition Reports

The following coalitions reported on their activity in their communities:

  • NW Georgia: Patty Spanjer
  • Tri-Community: Carolyn Bentley
  • NE Georgia: Keir-Lynn Gensler
  • SW Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition: Sarah Shiver
  • North Georgia Regional Breastfeeding Advocacy Group: Kerry Smith
  • Formation of new coalition in Cobb-Douglas: Claire Eden
  1. 6.      Closing Comments / Next Meeting Date / Adjourn
  • Pam Holland closed the meeting at 4:20pm.
  1. 7.      Break Out Sessions
  • After the meeting was adjourned, attendees separated into work groups that have projects they are interested in being involved with.