TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance of Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties
Lizeth Betancourt, IBCLC
c/o Sutter County WIC Program
1445 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA 95993
Second Friday of every other month starting in January 13th.
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
(NOTE: Location of meeting vary. Please check the current location by contacting Lizeth via email or calling)
The TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants and families through education, outreach and advocacy which promotes and supports breastfeeding.
Instituted in 2010.
What we are up to:
The Sutter County Children and Families Commission and the Tricounties Breastfeeding Alliance of Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties were awarded the California Breastfeeding Coalition’s “Golden Nugget Award for Excellence in Reducing a Key Barrier to Breastfeeding”. The award, one of seven statewide, was given in recognition of the collaborative efforts of the commission and alliance, as well as the Geweke Caring for Women Foundation, to increase the awareness of not only the health advantages and cost savings of breastmilk, but the preventative value of breastfeeding on breast cancer. The Sutter County Children and Families Commission’s director, Michele Blake, and the TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance’s chair, Tina Lavy, along with the support of the Larry, Dale and the Geweke Family, organized a campaign to promote and support breastfeeding at the 2014 Pink October Fashion Show, held in Yuba City during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The commission purchased pink and gold pins, which were attached to a card that stated “a pink ribbon wrapped in a gold bow reminds us that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer”. Michele and Tina attended the fashion show and welcomed guests as they arrived, encouraging them to wear the pin and recognize that breastfeeding helps reduce the risk for breast cancer.
To see a video of the presentation, go to minute 57:45 at this link.
Our local area has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the state (Sutter County ranks 48th out of 50 counties) and mothers need continued support to initiate and sustain breastfeeding. That support comes from the community: the community of mothers, grandmothers and others. The Sutter County Children and Families Commission and the TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance and other local partners, such as WIC, work continuously to promote and educate local health providers, businesses and parents about the benefits of supporting breastfeeding mothers and infants, which is vitally important to improving the health of our children and families,which includes reducing the risk for breast cancer. The award is on display at the Sutter County Children and Families Commission office, 1531-A Butte House Road, Yuba City. The Commission coordinates services that support families to ensure that each child enters school healthy and ready to learn and is funded by the Prop 10 tobacco tax.
The pins and “campaign” at the fashion show would not have been possible without the commission’s funding of the project and the support of the Geweke Family and the foundation.
Photo copyright Vanessa Simmons