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Our Mission

To improve Connecticut's health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.



• To assure access to comprehensive, current, and culturally appropriate lactation care and service for all women, children and families. 

• To ensure that breastfeeding is recognized as the normal and preferred method of feeding infants and young children.

• To ensure that all Federal, State, and local laws relating to child welfare and family law recognize and support the importance and practice of breastfeeding.

• To increase protection, promotion, and support for breastfeeding mothers in the workforce.



In July 2001, the Department of of Public Health convened representatives from local health departments, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC), American Academy of Pediatrics, hospitals, community health centers, La Leche League of Connecticut, lactation consultants, nurses, nutritionists, parent educators, consumers, and formed the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) to promote and support breastfeeding as the norm for infant and child feeding in Connecticut.

Click here to read our bylaws.


CBC Board of Directors and Officers

CBC welcomes a diverse board and membership that accurately reflects the population who we aim to serve.

We therefore encourage those who are interested in serving on the board to contact Michele Griswold for more information. 


Michele Griswold MPH, RN, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant
Wildwood Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Essex, CT

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Michele earned her BS in Nursing from Salve Regina University and has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2001 and holds a Master of Public Health degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a doctoral student of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts.

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Tamara Carey, BS, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant
Thames Valley Council for Community Action WIC
Norwich, CT

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Tamara graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1984 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences. She did not begin her nutrition career, however, until 1994 when she started with the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) WIC program.

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Christine Purnell Chase, ASA, MAAA

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Chris earned her BS in Mathematics and Economics from Duke University and has been an actuary at Connnecticut insurance companies for more than 20 years. She started her career at Aetna. She is currently Vice President for pharmacy trend managment in Healthcare Economics at UnitedHealth Group. 

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Christine Bracken, MSN, RN, IBCLC
Board Member & Liaison to Employment Committee

The Hospital of Central Connecticut
New Britain, CT

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Christine is a Registered Nurse who graduated from the Ona M. Wilcox School of Nursing. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Central Connecticut State University and Masters in Nursing Education at the University of Hartford. Christine spent the majority of her nursing career at The Hospital of Central Connecticut as a NICU/Nursery nurse and lactation consultant.

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Susan Jackman, MS, RD, CLC
Board Member and Liaison to Communities Committee

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Susan earned a Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a local WIC Nutritionist for 3 years at the Norwalk Health Department, then as a WIC Nutrition Consultant at the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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Rachel Jackson
Board Member and Liaison to Mothers & Families Committee

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Rachel Jackson is a community member who became involved with the Connecticut Breastfeeding Collation after being called for jury duty while she was nursing her son.  After working closely with members of the CBC Board on CT Bill 194 An Act Regarding the Postponement of Jury Duties for Breastfeeding Mothers, Rachel realized her desire to become more involved with the CBC.  

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Kathy Mason, MA, RNC, IBCLC 

Certifications: Inpatient OB and EFM
Board Member

Lactation Consultant
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
New London, CT

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Kathy has been a nurse for more than 33 years. She first became involved in maternity services in 1982 and was Nurse Manager of the Post Partum, Labor and Delivery Unit and the NICU. She was responsible for the development of the LDRP and acted as Manager for 14 years. 

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Michele Vancour, PhD, MPH
Board Member and Liaison to Research and Surveillance Committee

Southern Connecticut State University
Department of Public Health
New Haven, CT

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Michele is a professor of public health at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Throughout her fourteen year tenure, her time has been split between administrative and academic responsibilities. She was the founder and director of the University’s Wellness Center for ten years, but stepped down in January 2008 to dedicate more time to developing and improving work-family initiatives on campus in consultation with Human Resources.

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Latest News

5/23/2015  Congratulations to the first seven businesses in Connecticut to be designated Breastfeeding-Friendly Worksites


11/26/2014 For Immediate Release: CBC Launches #GivingTuesday campaign! 


9/12/2014 For Immediate Release: CT Department of Public Health and CT Breastfeeding Coalition Supporting Businesses to Adopt Breastfeeding-Friendly Policies


8/5/2014 Annual Connecticut Children's Medical Center Breastfeeding Conference to be held on September 15, 2014.


3/24/2014 Save the Date! CT DPH has partnered with the CBC's Ten Step Collaborative to provide free training to meet the requirements of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative education! 


9/6/2013 CBC's Communities Committee Announces 2013 Awards to all of Connecticut's Breastfeeding Peer Counselors for their Contributions to the Health and Well-Being of Connecticut's Mothers and Children!




4/16/2013 Center TRT announces a webinar to be held on April 30th highlighting the Connecticut Breastfeeding Initiative, a program that provides technical assistance, financial assistance and training to hospitals working toward the Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation. Click this announcment for details.


3/27/2013 Announcing a free webinar hosted by the CT-RI Pubic Health Training Center "Scaling Up Breastfeeding Support at the Organizational and Community Levels: Sustaining the Positive Effects of the BFHI


2/27/2013 CBC submits testimony in favor of an Act Concerning a Task Force on Childhood Obesity


10/28/2012 Hurricane Sandy: Emergency Information for Mothers with Stored Human Milk and Pump Dependent Mothers 


9/27/2012 CBC Announces 2012 Awards to Community Members for Contributions to the Health and Well-Being of Connecticut's Mothers and Children! 


8/1-8/7/2012 World Breastfeeding Week! Join CBC as we highlight the benefits of the practice of skin to skin for all! Are you on facebook? Show us how you are nurturing this ancient tradition in the modern world!


7/30/2012 Keeping Moms and Their Babies Together After Delivery; CT DPH


7/29/2012: Updated Information for Sponsors: CBC Conference October 2012!


SAVE THE DATE: CBC Conference! October 9, 2012!


4/7/12 CT DPH and CT AAP Teleconference: April 24th!


3/22/2012 CBC seeks Connecticut businesses to be part of national searchable web resource!  


3/1/12 CBC Attends Public Hearing to Testify in Favor of SB 194 AN ACT CONCERNING JURY DUTY POSTPONEMENT FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS; Read testimony below:

Testimony CBC

Testimony R. Jackson


2/16/12 CBC Joins Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut


1/11/12 Calling ALL CT maternity hospitals to participate in teleconference about the BFHI!


11/7/2011  Eleven Connecticut Employers Put the "Business Case for Breastfeeding" To Work


10/5/2011 New Guide for Parents/Businesses That Addresses Common Questions About Connecticut's Nondiscrimination and Workplace Accommodation Breastfeeding Laws!


8/3/2011 Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition and Department of Public Health Launch Initiative to Promote Breastfeeding


4/28/11 CBC Announces Statewide Mini Grants available for CT Businesses to Support Breastfeeding Mothers


1/20/11 Surgeon General's Call to Action: A Roadmap to Improving Support for Breastfeeding Mothers


CBC Announces Statewide Breastfeeding Initiative for WBW


CT Hospital Association announces the CT Breastfeeding Initiative


MMBNE Opens First Milk Processing Lab in Region