Advocate Voices

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!


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!


A Grandmother’s Gift

Maria Jose Hummel, MPH, MS, 
Santa Cruz County

Recently I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful woman with an amazing story. I met Connie, along with her grandson Mauricio, at a potluck where we sat together after a health presentation. Her grandson appeared to be particularly attached to Connie so I made a comment about it. She also didn’t look like she could be a grandma! That’s when she started revealing her amazing tale of love and care for her grandson.


What Does California’s SB 402 Mean To You?

Christine Staricka, IBCLC, CCE, 

This morning, hospital administrators in California wake up to the news that the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 402, requiring that all maternity facilities in California adopt the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps or equivalent practices by 2025.


Breastfeeding IS a Civil Right!

Genevieve Colvin, 
Los Angeles

Being a new mother is not easy and getting breastfeeding off to a good start is a small – no, make that a HUGE miracle! Add the stress of losing your job because you tried to give your baby the best start in life? I can’t even imagine it.


News & Research

Another breastfeeding benefit: Preparing baby’s belly for solid food

EurekAlert - February 5, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The moment of birth marks the beginning of a beautiful, lifelong relationship between a baby and the billions of microbes that will soon colonize his or her gastrointestinal tract.


Breastfeeding Past 2 Months Lowers Obesity Risk

Futurity - December 21, 2014

Infants at risk for childhood and adult obesity have a better chance of not becoming overweight if they breastfeed longer than two months.


Lodi Memorial Hospital gets ‘baby-friendly’ accreditation

Lodi News-Sentinel - October 22, 2014

Lodi Memorial Hospital has received the official “baby-friendly” accreditation, recognizing the local hospital as one that offers an optimum level of care for infant feeding and mother-baby bonding. It is only the second hospital in San Joaquin County to receive the designation.


Health Tip: Breast-feeding With Diabetes

HealthDay News - October 22, 2014

Diabetic moms, after talking with their doctors, should still try to breast-feed their babies, some experts say.


Vague ACA Guidelines Create Obstacles for New Moms Needing Breast Pumps

California Healthline - October 5, 2014

A few months ago, Angela Bass experienced a fairly common problem for mothers who have recently started breastfeeding. Her two-month-old daughter was having trouble nursing, and as a result, Bass was suffering from painful engorgement, a condition that can lead to an infection called mastitis. Her doctor prescribed an electric breast pump to help Bass manage her milk supply while working with a lactation consultant to figure out why her daughter wasn’t able to nurse.