History

In a little more than two years, Breastfeeding USA went from an idea to an incorporated entity which – thanks to the work and financial support of breastfeeding advocates across the country – has trained Breastfeeding Counselors to deliver our mission. Below are some key events in the history of the organization.

Date Event
September, 2008 Several current and former La Leche League Leaders begin discussing their desire to create a national breastfeeding support organization
Summer, 2010 Final work begins towards incorporation of the organization: defining mission statement; selecting initial members of the Board of Directors; drafting organizational documents
November 17, 2010 Breastfeeding USA, Inc. is incorporated in the state of New York
December 10, 2010 Breastfeeding USA Facebook page launched marking public announcement of organization
December 14, 2010 Breastfeeding USA website launched
December 2010 through January 2011 145 individuals become Founding Members of Breastfeeding USA in the first weeks after public launch
February, 2011 First issue of Breastfeeding Horizons was published
March, 2011 Launched BC accreditation program; first Breastfeeding Counselor applications accepted
May 17, 2011 First Breastfeeding Counselors were accredited
June 10, 2011 First Community Chapter meeting was held in Pinole, CA
June 30, 2011 Breastfeeding USA closes first fiscal year and receives 501(c )(3) non-profit status designation from the Internal Revenue Service
July, 2011 Breastfeeding USA hosts exhibit table and reception at ILCA Conference in San Diego
October, 2011 Held first Voting Member election of Board of Directors
November, 2011 Breastfeeding USA files first Form 990 Annual Financial Report with IRS
December 6, 2011 The Board of Directors hosted the first Voting Members' Annual Meeting
June 1-3, 2012 Breastfeeding USA hosts first face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors, along with voting member and general interest get together
July-August, 2012 The Indiegogo crowd sourcing, fundraising campaign garnered over $14,000 gross revenue, and awareness of Breastfeeding USA.
March 2013 The Comprehensive Course was completed and all modules were open to BC Candidates.
July-October 2013 Breastfeeding USA and Best for Babes teamed up for the Inaugural Fitness and Fundraising Challenge “Team We’ve Got Your Back, Babe!”