February 3-5, 2016

February 3-5, 2016

6th Annual California Breastfeeding SummitMore...

Marshall Medical Center is Baby-Friendly !

Marshall Medical Center is Baby-Friendly !

California has 76 Baby-Friendly HospitalsMore...

Advocate Voices

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.


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!


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.


News & Research

Army releases servicewide breastfeeding policy

Army Times - September 30, 2015

The Army on Tuesday became the final military branch to issue a servicewide breastfeeding policy, with a seven-point memo from Army Secretary John McHugh offering basic guidelines on facility requirements, supplies and related concerns.


Soldiers in uniform pose for photo to ‘normalize breastfeeding’

CNN - September 15, 2015

There were no lactation rooms or dedicated spaces for breastfeeding mothers when Tara Ruby was on active duty in the Air Force from 1997 to 2001.


FGF21 compound in breast milk plays key role in neonatal nutrient absorption, intestinal function

News-Medical - September 11, 2015

A compound found in breast milk, named fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), plays a key role in neonatal nutrient absorption and intestinal function. FGF21 also contributes to improve newborn growth and metabolic profile.


Exclusive breastfeeding should be supported in women with MS

News-Medical - September 9, 2015

Exclusive breastfeeding appears to have a protective effect against the return of disease activity after pregnancy in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), say researchers.


Black Breastfeeding Week Comes to an End with Black Female Breastfeeding Rates Increased

Inquisitr - August 30, 2015

Black American mothers are reportedly the least likely to breastfeed their infants, an issue which rooted from slavery in the early 1800s, where black enslaved women were forced to nurse the master’s newborn. The anti-wet nurse rebellion has been passed down for generations, and now, Black American women are lagging behind White and Hispanic women in nursing. This unfortunate issue was the inspiration for Black Breastfeeding Week, which today ends its third year. So, how successful has the movement been at getting black women to nurse?