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Why is this Important?

Breast milk reduces the risks for a variety of childhood illnesses and infections. It also reduces the risk of obesity, certain types of cancer and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Benefits for new mothers include decreased postpartum bleeding, earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight, increased child spacing, reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and hip fractures.

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LINC Project

The Indiana Baby Friendly Learning Collaborative creates opportunities to develop high performance work teams, builds leadership skills among staff, promotes employee pride, enhances patient satisfaction and improves health outcomes. LINC hospitals are invited to work together to create an environment in their hospital that is supportive of best practices in maternity care and optimal infant feeding. 

Indiana Perinatal Network is leading this effort by serving as the project consultants and facilitators, providing initiative level planning, consultation and training and convening the peer learning collaborative experiences. The funding for this multi-year project is provided by the CDC, funded through the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Indiana State Department of Health and endorsed by the Indiana Hospital Association.

LINC Phase 1 - 2013

  • Franciscan St. Francis Health (Indianapolis)
  • Henry County Hospital (New Castle)
  • Schneck Medical Center (Seymour)
  • St. Mary Medical Center (Hobart)

LINC Phase 2 - 2015

  • Logansport Memorial Hospital (Logansport)
  • Reid Hospital and Health Services (Richmond)
  • Union Hospital (Terre Haute)

Role of IPN

The Indiana Perinatal Network has a long history of working with health care providers, local community organizations and legislators to promote breastfeeding throughout the state. This includes:

  • Convening a statewide taskforce, known as the Indiana State Breastfeeding Coalition, to develop a nationally recognized call to action document
  • Being selected as one of ten pilot states to participate in a unique federal training program, to educate businesses of the benefits of lactation support in the workplace and provide practical suggestions on how to support employed breastfeeding women
  • Leading efforts by the IN General Assembly to pass new legislation to support breastfeeding women returning to work
  • Supporting the development of nearly 40 local breastfeeding coalitions throughout the state

For more information, contact Tina Cardarelli at 317.924.0825 x4223 or

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Indiana Perinatal Network
1991 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Phone: 866.338.0825
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