Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital

It is the 83rd Baby-Friendly Hospital in CaliforniaMore...

SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE

7th Annual California Breastfeeding SummitMore...

Advocate Voices

Time to Blow the Whistle on Mommy Wars

Vanessa A. Simmons, 
San Diego

Last week we celebrated the second “Normalize Breastfeeding Day” as five Mayors across the country took a stand for breastfeeding families worldwide. Unfortunately, only hours into the full-day event schedule, the event was accidentally cancelled according to Facebook Customer Service. This accident removed 933 users who RSVP’d from the event and instantly deleted 3000 shares of content that had accrued during the months that the event had been active. It was an extremely difficult day, full of confusion, frustration, yes..so many tears. Thankfully, I was surrounded by amazing team of Virtual Co-hosts who kept the day focused and right on track through their LIVE broadcasts throughout the day. The Saturday leading into the event. however, it was brought to my attention that a few of the co-hosts were companies currently in violation of the WHO Code. Promotion of the WHO Code is huge part of our international event. TheInternational Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is an international health policy framework for breastfeeding promotion adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1981. The code is a living document that was published to further promote and protect breastfeeding all around the world. The acts that violate the code are simple; however they are packaged in an very complex manner.

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Give Breast Milk

Elizabeth Currid Halkett, 
Los Angeles County

I PRODUCED more than 2,500 ounces of surplus breast milk with my first son. I am almost six months postpartum with my second child, and already my freezers are stuffed with five-ounce bags of milk. Some women are computer programmers or impressive cooks. I’m good at producing breast milk. My friends and family marvel at this talent, sort of. They like to joke that I could make real money if I sold it.

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March Madness!

Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, MPH, RD, CLE, 
California Breastfeeding Coalition

March Madness is here! Around the country, people are getting ready to fill out their brackets for the annual NCAA college basketball tournament. In the world of breastfeeding advocacy, the tournament of removing breastfeeding barriers begins!

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Great News- We Came in 39th!

Mary Woelfel, MPH, IBCLC, 
San Joaquin County

We are celebrating in San Joaquin County! The latest California Breastfeeding Report from the UC Davis Human Lactation Center and the California WIC Association shows we are now in 39th place among California counties for exclusive breastfeeding in our hospitals. Yay! Beat the drums! Cue the trumpets!

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There’s no such thing as a free breast pump

Samantha Slaughter, IBCLC and Jennifer Pettus, IBCLC, 
Sacramento County

At our WIC office in Sacramento – like many throughout the country – a lot of time is spent dealing with breast pumps – cleaning, inventory, follow-up, issuing to and teaching participants how to assemble and use, training staff, communicating with and educating providers, etc. All this despite the fact that both the cost to rent or purchase a breast pump has been listed as allowable items to bill for under Medi-Cal for many years. One can imagine the excitement in the WIC world when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed, requiring health plans to cover “comprehensive lactation support and counseling, by a trained provider during pregnancy and/or in the postpartum period, and costs for renting breastfeeding equipment.” At last, WIC could focus more time and money on breastfeeding promotion and support, instead of running a breast pump depot!

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