Advocate Voices

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.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tina Lavy, MS, IBCLC, 
Sutter County

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the breast cancer as well as to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.


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.


What a long and challenging labor!

Mary Woelfel, MPH, IBCLC, 
San Joaquin County

What a long and challenging labor! Our “new baby,” the new CBC website, is finally here!

A little background: As new CBC Board members in 2006, the late Anne Garrett and I volunteered to work on a simple website for the California Breastfeeding Coalition. Neither of us had any experience working on a website, but we knew it was important to have a web presence for this up and coming organization, so we bravely jumped in.


News & Research

Solano attempts to tackle child obesity problem

Times-Herald - April 6, 2014

Solano County teen Minica Champion-Benjamin is mad. She said she wants to eat well, but in surveying neighborhood stores she found no fruits or vegetables, just plenty of junk food, candy, chips and sugared sodas.

It’s no wonder, she said, so many youth are overweight.

“I started to realize it more and more when I’d go into a min-market to get a lunch and there was nothing healthy to eat,” she said.

Likewise, teen Elizabeth Elder said kids need more help and guidance from their parents and others to keep from getting fat. She can usually resist junk food, but she said many can’t and they end up as statistics about childhood obesity, she said.

In Solano County, childhood obesity rates lead the state average, and numerous campaigns are in the works on numerous fronts to combat the health issue. They range from concerted efforts to promote exercise to educational programs encouraging everything from breastfeeding to drinking water.


Google Glass app helps Pakenham mum get breastfeeding right

Herald Sun - April 6, 2014

BREASTFEEDING may be the most natural thing in the world, but it isn’t always easy, as Pakenham’s Sarah Bailey knows only too well.

The mother-of-three had some hi-tech help to overcome her feeding problems, volunteering to be one of five women to take part in a six-week Google Glass Breastfeeding Trials.


McCaskill bill would require military health plan to cover breast pumps

The Washington Post - February 6, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) this week introduced a bill that would require the military’s health insurance program to cover breastfeeding equipment and counseling, just as the Affordable Care Act mandates for most insurance plans.


TN Launches 24-Hour Hotline for Breastfeeding Moms

Public News Service - January 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With a bounty of benefits for both babies and moms, Tennessee is launching a new effort to help support mothers who are breastfeeding. Those with questions can now call a free hotline staffed by lactation experts.


Healthy Baby Healthy Mom conference educates pregnant teens on what to expect during, after birth

Imperial Valley Press - January 22, 2014

A major topic that was revisited throughout the conference was the importance of breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding impacts the overall health of the baby,” said Kayla Lacuesta, regional breastfeeding liaison for Women, Infants and Children. Breastfeeding allows a baby to gain immunities against illnesses and to grow by getting all the necessary nutrients.