As Chair of SCBC, Allison leads a diverse group of professionals who come together to further the Shelby County breastfeeding cause, improve breastfeeding rates, and work on projects such as the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; hospital procedures; and social, community, and outpatient support for breastfeeding mothers. Two Shelby County hospitals are enrolled in CHAMPS—Regional One Health and St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett.
On June 8, 2016, SCBC hosted the “Memphis Area Breastfeeding Symposium.” This symposium brought in speakers from all over the country and brought together providers who work with mothers and babies in the Memphis area. “It was awesome,” Allison shares. SCBC is also currently working on a breastfeeding workplace initiative in conjunction with the Shelby County Health Department and Healthy Shelby to improve workplace lactation support and lactation rooms. BSTARS (Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support) is another project of SCBC’s, and is supported by CHAMPS and led by Tiana Pyles, CLC, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and SCBC Board Member. BSTARS is a breastfeeding support group for African-American mothers and may soon become an entity independent from SCBC.
What is Allison’s motivation to do this work? “As a pediatrician, knowing the significant health benefits of breastfeeding. If there is anything you could think of that makes the biggest impact on health in the United States, it’s breastfeeding.”