Get to know the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition. Learn about our mission and vision, and meet the leadership team.
The mission of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition is to facilitate community efforts to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as a cultural norm across Lehigh, Northampton, and Carbon Counties.
Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition
The Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition is a network of hospitals, health care providers, businesses, and community members working together to build a breastfeeding-friendly culture in the Lehigh Valley.
Connect families with local resources
Advocate for compliance with breastfeeding laws
Promote baby-friendly practices
Educate the community on the benefits of breastfeeding
Support breastfeeding families
Meet the LVBC Board Members
Christine Roca is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who runs her own private practice. She has been a leading member of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition since 2015, serving one year as Secretary and four years as Chair.
The vision of the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition is to create a breastfeeding friendly culture and environment among hospitals, healthcare providers, businesses, community members, and local leaders. This in turn will lead to sustainable change in policies focused on promoting breastfeeding support, education, and the de-emphasis of formula-based product promotion.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition has a philosophy of inclusion. We use the terms "breastfeed" and "breastfeeding" as short-hand for "human milk feeding" which includes feeding directly from the breast or chest, feeding at the breast or chest with a supplemental nursing system, and feeding of human milk via bottles, cups, and other devices. LVBC recognizes that feeding with alternatives to human milk is sometimes necessary. We do not tolerate any demeaning or denigrating language regarding its appropriate use. LVBC supports breastfeeding beyond infancy in accordance with the recommendations of the AAP, CDC, PA Dept. of Health, Office of the Surgeon General, WHO, and UNICEF.
As a predominantly white cisgender-led organization, we recognize the privilege we benefit from in the world and in our local institutions. We are committed to being an inclusive and actively anti-racist organization. We consistently seek education, coaching, resources, and guidance from diversity, equity, and inclusion professionals to create an equitable and inclusive environment for our members. We actively uplift voices of those from marginalized and vulnerable populations, and encourage their active participation in our monthly meetings, events and educational opportunities. Our goal is to explore and support the needs of our community through active communication.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, size, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. We have a zero-tolerance policy for any form of hate speech or disparaging language toward minority and/or marginalized communities.
Ethics / Code Compliance Statement
LVBC strives to ensure that all education and assistance provided is free from commercial bias and interest. LVBC works in accordance with a Code and Ethics Committee (and other entities as needed) regarding potential activities, partnerships, and policies. These include but are not limited to: International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolution compliance and/or general LVBC Conflict Of Interest (COI). Furthermore, LVBC evaluates potential relationships with entities and individuals that could be in conflict with the Code, COI, or LVBC Ethics and subsequently makes recommendations to LVBC board members.
LVBC will not enter into partnership with any entity who knowingly or unknowingly is a Code-violating company, or is in partnership or has links to a Code-violating company. All presenters at conferences are vetted and will not be accepted if they have any conflicts of interest that could create bias in the education being presented.
Become a member
By joining Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition, you show support for the cause of breastfeeding and help us continue and expand our work. Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Coalition is a non-profit, volunteer-only organization. All money goes to support our activities.