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!

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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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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.

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What Does California’s SB 402 Mean To You?

Christine Staricka, IBCLC, CCE, 
Bakersfield

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.

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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.

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News & Research

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.

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Prevalence Estimates of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in the United States, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2007–2010

Centers for Chronic Disease and Prevention - June 19, 2014

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as impaired glucose tolerance with onset or first recognition during pregnancy (1). Women with GDM are at high risk for pregnancy and delivery complications including infant macrosomia, neonatal hypoglycemia, and cesarean delivery (2,3). Additionally, women who are affected by GDM have more than a 7-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes 5 to 10 years after delivery (4). Children born to mothers with GDM are also more likely to develop impaired glucose tolerance (5). Risk factors for GDM include higher parity, advanced maternal age, family history of diabetes mellitus, nonwhite race, and overweight and obesity (6–8).

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Intensive, extended breastfeeding linked to reduced risk for type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes

Endrocine Today - June 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Intensive and extended breastfeeding lowered a woman’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy in which they had gestational diabetes, according to a presenter at the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions.

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Research to assess breastfeeding knowledge and confidence of Canadian physicians

News Medical - June 14, 2014

The results of a national research project to assess breastfeeding knowledge, confidence, beliefs, and attitudes of Canadian physicians are available today in theJournal of Human Lactation.

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Photo of mom breast feeding at her college graduation sparks Internet debate

KTLA 5 - June 14, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. — A 25-year-old mom, who was proud to share her college graduation with her daughter, captured the memory of the day with a photograph of her breast feeding her infant child.

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