Breastfeeding Coalition

#RVAbreastfeeds is a Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) funded by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and administered through Nurture. We seek to reduce childhood obesity through policy, infrastructure, and environmental changes that promote a breastfeeding friendly community, with an emphasis on support for low income African American and Hispanic populations. 

Guided by the recommendations of the 2011 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, #RVAbreastfeeds engages in collaborative activities to create a culture of support for breastfeeding. Our work has received attention in multiple publications, at national and international conferences, and is featured in an article in the 2018 Journal of Human Lactation special issue on Social Justice. 

Participation in #RVAbreastfeeds meetings is open to all who are interested in creating a more breastfeeding friendly environment in Richmond, Virginia. For further information or to join the #RVAbreastfeeds mailing list please email 

#RVABreastfeeds is supported through funding and in-kind support from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Nurture, Richmond City Health District, and Richmond City WIC.

A summary report of #RVAbreastfeeds activities through June 30, 2018 can be found here