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In a little more than 3 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: Original Bylaws
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 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!”
May 31, 2014 Facebook reaches 50,000 “Likes” and celebrates with mothers around the country sending in hundreds of breastfeeding photos.
June 30, 2014 The organization purchases a subscription to the R2 Digital Library’s online version of Counseling the Nursing Mother, and the book is now available to all candidates enrolled in the comprehensive course. The Candidate Education Fee increases to $50, making the online library access included at no additional cost to candidates.
September 2, 2014 Twitter reaches 5000 followers.
October 2014 Breastfeeding USA reached 500 members.
December 2015 Breastfeeding USA celebrates its 5th anniversary, and holds a membership drive to boost revenue and awareness.
January 2016 Facebook reaches 150,000 “Likes”
January 2017 Twitter reaches 10,000 followers.
June 2017 Facebook reaches 180,000 “Likes”
July 2017 New website is launched.
October 2018 Board approves a three year Strategic Plan using a Theory of Change concept
March 2019 The entire Comprehensive Course was opened in Learn World, our virtual learning community
March 2019 New organization Bylaws are adopted by the Board of Directors
March 2019 Inside Breastfeeding USA:Volunteer Monthly Newsletter is launched
January 2020 Finance Committee hires a private contractor bookkeeper
July 2020 Breastfeeding USA stands with Black Lives Matter
August 2020 Twitter reaches 14,000 followers