The CBC Advocate Voices Blog provides breastfeeding advocates throughout California a platform to share expertise and opinions that will inspire others to join our collaborative efforts to improve the health and well-being of Californians by protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding, thereby removing all barriers to breastfeeding in California. The blog features coalition activities, evidence-based practices, legislation, news, commentary and reflections related to breastfeeding.

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Time to Blow the Whistle on Mommy Wars

Vanessa A. Simmons, 
San Diego

Last week we celebrated the second “Normalize Breastfeeding Day” as five Mayors across the country took a stand for breastfeeding families worldwide. Unfortunately, only hours into the full-day event schedule, the event was accidentally cancelled according to Facebook Customer Service. This accident removed 933 users who RSVP’d from the event and instantly deleted 3000 shares of content that had accrued during the months that the event had been active. It was an extremely difficult day, full of confusion, frustration, many tears. Thankfully, I was surrounded by amazing team of Virtual Co-hosts who kept the day focused and right on track through their LIVE broadcasts throughout the day. The Saturday leading into the event. however, it was brought to my attention that a few of the co-hosts were companies currently in violation of the WHO Code. Promotion of the WHO Code is huge part of our international event. TheInternational Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is an international health policy framework for breastfeeding promotion adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1981. The code is a living document that was published to further promote and protect breastfeeding all around the world. The acts that violate the code are simple; however they are packaged in an very complex manner.

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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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