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Newsletter / June 2014
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Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition!


Summer is finally here!  With that, comes busy schedules and lots of fun in the sun.  The coalition did not meet in May because of the Milky Miles 5K for Breastfeeding and our Building Bridges training!  Both events went great.  See below for pictures and details from our Milky Miles 5K.  

The coalition was also busy this spring with children's fests in Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids.  Both days were very busy!  We even tried our hand at face painting.  The kids loved it, even if a few of our designs looked a little more like a dog than a horse ;0)

On May 6th and 7th, The Building Bridges training took place.  This training was held first in Marshfield at Saint Joseph's Hospital and then in Wisconsin Rapids at Riverview Hospital.  It was a great curriculum about working together and helping moms have the best breastfeeding experience they can.  Thank you to all who attended!

The coalition will be busy working to help businesses become breastfeeding friendly and planning events for World Breastfeeding Week August 1st-7th.  If you have any ideas, send them our way!

Enjoy your summer and don't forget about our fall events: Wisconsin Rapids Milky Miles 10K and Family Fun Day on September 13, 2014 and the golf outing on September 26, 2014 at Rivers Edge golf course in Marshfield.

Thank you for all that you do to support babies, families and breastfeeding in Wood County and beyond!
-Leah Meidl and Amber France Co-Chairs of the Wood County Breastfeeding Coalition
Support Breastfeeding: Its the Law

Did you know that Wisconsin Law protects breastfeeding mothers and infants?  The Wisconsin statute reads as follows:


253.165 Right to breast-feed. A mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. In such a location, no person may prohibit a mother from breast-feeding her child, direct a mother to move to a different location to breast-feed her child, direct a mother to cover her child or breast while breast-feeding, or otherwise restrict a mother from breast-feeding her child as provided in this section.


Anyone who does not follow this statute can be penalized by up to a $200 fine. So moms, breastfeed wherever you are comfortable!  Everyone else, moms are allowed to breastfeed anywhere!  Wisconsin law prohibits asking them to move, cover-up etc.  Remember, the only way to normalize breastfeeding is for everyone to see it, often!  


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Additionally, the Affordable Care Act now "requires an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express milk.  The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable breast time for any work spent on such purpose.  The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk."


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Marshfield Milky Miles 5K for Breastfeeding

On April 19, 2014 we held our second annual Marshfield Milky Miles 5K for Breastfeeding.  It was a fabulous event!  We had a great turnout with almost 150 people participating.  
We had wonderful weather for the day, best of all, no snow!  We had a few problems with the timing program for the race, but all in all, it went well!  We apologize for these timing issues.  For the latest race day results, visit:
We promise this will not happen again!
After the 5K we had an awards ceremony and family fun day.  Free food, games and fun were available.  The kids in attendance LOVED the bouncy house and face painting.  
Thank you to all who helped out or participated!