As Director of the Mississippi MSPQC, Charlene brings her knowledge to CHAMPS to support improved breastfeeding practices in Mississippi. MSPQC hosted their first annual meeting in November 2014 and invited CHAMPS to present to representatives from over 30 birthing hospitals in the state. MSPQC is currently working to help more hospitals support breastfeeding and work towards Baby-Friendly status.
“Our biggest accomplishment was organizing all of the stakeholders and interested partners together to collectively pool our resources, talents and energy to increase breastfeeding in Mississippi at the November meeting. We can do so much more together than individually, so it is exciting to see connections and collaborations being formed across the state.”
The thing she enjoys most about being involved with CHAMPS? “It is great collaborating with experienced partners who bring passion, expertise and much needed resources to our state to increase breastfeeding”
As CHAMPS grows, Charlene hopes to see more hospitals in Mississippi adopt the core practices that lead to increased breastfeeding including routine skin-to-skin, rooming in and providing expert support through certified lactation consultants. She also believes Mississippi will have some hospitals Baby-Friendly designated.
As a new mother, Charlene, enjoys hanging out with her 12 week old baby Jordan. She is a proud breastfeeding mother, who fully understands the importance of supporting and educating mothers to successfully breastfeed. “Breastfeeding was tough at the start and the help I received from my doctor, lactation consultant, hospital nurses and other mothers was extremely important. I look forward to helping more mothers to breastfeed in Mississippi.
Congratulations Dr. Charlene for being our CHAMPion of the Week and on the addition of baby Jordan to your family. Because of your work CHAMPS is changing lives and perceptions of breastfeeding in Mississippi.