According to SABC President, Karen Bohr, RN, IBCLC, SABC’s current focus is to reestablish its diversity across race/ethnicity/socioecomonic divides in their breastfeeding community. Their ideal is to be a coaltion where all breastfeeding supporters—child birth educators, doulas, dieticians, SLT, OT, WIC agencies, doctors, nurses, midwives, CLC and IBCLCs—are active, participatory members. SABC strives to assess community needs and offer diverse topics/educational offerings at their general membership meetings at the San Antonio Baby Café.
SABC played an advisory role in helping San Antonio International Airport address the needs of lactating mothers traveling with or without babies. As of May 2016, in addition to the pre-security lactation room, there are now also 2 large lactation pods post-security in terminals A and B. The freestanding pods are large enough to accommodate a mother and baby with luggage and a stroller, and provides seating and electrical outlets for pumping or nursing in a quiet, stress-free environment. SABC advised the airport about the pods’ placement as well as apps available for lactating mothers on the go. The Texas Breastfeeding Coalition requested SABC’s project as a model for other state coalitions to work with their local airports. Congratulations, SABC, on being a leader in this initiative!