Please visit the CDC and WHO websites for the most current information on breastfeeding management during COVID-19 as well as standard precautions to prevent the spread of viral illness in general, and COVID-19 specifically.

See also the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine statement

on COVID-19.


Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Mission: The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition strives to inspire, empower, and support families in their breastfeeding goals through education, advocacy, and systems change.


Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Core Values: Advocacy - Collaboration - Diversity - Education - Empowerment - Health Equity - Inclusion


Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition values inclusion, diversity, and equity as core values, embracing meaningful participation by diverse stakeholders and seek varied viewpoints. All people who desire to work to promote our mission and vision are welcome as members of the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition and we do not discriminate by position, gender, race, national origin, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, family status, formal education, life experience, religion, communication styles, geographic location, work-related skill sets and experience.


Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition (ABC) was formed in 1993 when a team of professionals felt there was a need to provide educational offerings to local professionals. ABC held their first meeting in March at the Dimond Mall Library. The board of director members came from a variety of fields in order to give the coalition the widest possible experience base. In March 1994, ABC had a completed set of bylaws written and approved which led to achieving our non-profit 501(c)3 status.

Our first conference was held in 1993. ABC is proud to acknowledge that we have been able to sponsor an annual conference every year for the past 26 years. The conferences have been attended by a wide variety of disciples. Many national and international- known guest speakers have been able to share their expertise. In addition to the annual breastfeeding conferences, ABC has sponsored a variety of educational opportunities focusing on breastfeeding.

Currently ABC has an active board of directors and over 100 members. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month September – May, then breaking to enjoy the Alaskan summer. The meeting lasts from 6:30 – 9 PM and are held in conference room  2127-2129 on the 2nd floor of the main Primary Care Clinic at Southcentral Foundation. For those not able to attend in person, check the events page for contact information and updates. Our accomplishments for the past year have been establishing a website and reviewing our strategic plan. Our goal is to continue to promote breastfeeding, provide access to education, and to be an advocate for all breastfeeding families.


2019 – 2020 Board of Directors





Vice President
Terriann Shell

Lisa Cruz

Ada Scott


Membership Chair
Emily Ingram


Current Board Members

Taryn Bliss

Carol Hobbs
Dana Kent
Rita Kittoe
Erica Lamar

Alison Munoz
Joanne Spears
Cathy Tapey