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6th Annual California Breastfeeding SummitMore...

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is Baby-Friendly !

Valley Presbyterian Hospital is Baby-Friendly !

California has 77 Baby-Friendly HospitalsMore...

Greater El Monte Community Hospital is Baby-Friendly!

Greater El Monte Community Hospital is Baby-Friendly!

It is the 78th Baby-Friendly Hospital in CaliforniaMore...

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.

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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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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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News & Research

Does Breastfeeding Matter? Graphing the Lives Saved

Huffington Post - November 5, 2015

Is breastfeeding really being “oversold?” If breastfeeding saves lives, we should see that infant deaths go down when breastfeeding rates go up.

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Overselling Breastfeeding? How One Author Exploits The Majority To Silence Minority Advocacy.

Medium - October 20, 2015

It’s not a new thing. We see it every November when the War on Christmas gets pitched as if Santa’s being imprisoned. We see it in “Men’s Rights” movements that are just fronts for harassing “on the rag” feminists. We see it when “All Lives Matter” gets a hashtag and when the masses ignore that a Kentucky clerk violated our First Amendment. The majority has a long history of trying to silence policy and advocacy for the minority. The same is true for breastfeeding.

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Promotion without Support: A Reply to Editorials that Attack Breastfeeding Advocacy

Breastfeeding Medicine - October 18, 2015

I would like to reply to Courtney Jung’s op-ed, and many other similar editorials that attack breastfeeding advocacy as bad for women. This argument posits a false dichotomy, supported by formula advertising, that the true battleground for breastfeeding exists between “lactivists” and mothers who choose to, or must, formula feed their infants. Rather, breastfeeding advocacy today focuses on the social conditions that prevent women around the world from being able to make choices that support their health and empowerment, and the futures of their babies.

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C-Section Rates Vary Significantly at Calif. Hospitals, Leapfrog Finds

California Healthline - October 15, 2015

Many California hospitals last year performed medically unnecessary cesarean sections, according to a report by the Leapfrog Group, KPCC’s “Impatient” reports.

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Many New Moms Still Lack Breast-Feeding Support at Work

Medline Plus HealthDay News - October 14, 2015

New mothers who return to work while breast-feeding still face significant obstacles, research shows.

The study found that less than half of breast-feeding mothers in the United States who return to work receive proper time and space to express breast milk.

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