Here at the Breastfeeding Resource Center, our mission is to provide expert clinical and educational breastfeeding services in order to support our clients through their entire breastfeeding journey.
This journey, which is unique to every client, was the focus of our 2019 annual report, detailing the many ways the BRC supports parents when breastfeeding challenges and questions arise from pregnancy through weaning.
As a non-profit organization, we deliver this report each year to all of our clients, donors, referring physicians, board members and volunteers to show the hard work we’ve done over the past year and to hold ourselves accountable for our mission in the year to come.
Our clients are our top priority, and to us here at the BRC they are more than a number, they, and their babies, deserve individualized support and care.
Their unique journey often begins in pregnancy, with education about what a breastfeeding parent can expect. In 2019, the BRC hosted 24 prenatal breastfeeding classes and nine Preggers Pizza Parties to reach out to soon-to-be parents to educate and inform their decisions.
Last year, after baby arrived, our expert International Board Certified Lactation Consultants had 2,920 client visits. Sixty percent of those were referred by a healthcare professional and 72 percent of those didn’t have insurance that covered the visit and qualified for our sliding scale payment.
Our support groups are offered free of charge to parents seeking community and compassion. In 2019, we hosted 1,123 support group meetings attended by 116 parents in our locations at both Abington and King of Prussia.
And we are able to provide continuity of care with our community counselors, trained by our IBCLCs, and available to parents for questions and concerns past their initial visit. In 2019, we trained 23 new counselors.
Numbers don’t tell the whole story of the BRC, but these don’t lie; 95 percent of clients felt their IBCLC was knowledgeable, 96 percent felt they were provided with a clear path forward, 97 percent felt their IBCLC showed concern for their family, and 99 percent would would recommend the BRC.
We are gratified to know that our clients feel supported and provided for by our care.
Your continued support, either with donations or referrals, helps us to provide the experience our clients deserve. The generosity of our clients, 194 donated in 2019, and our volunteers, 100 percent of our board members also donated, keeps these programs going. Thank YOU.