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.

Dr. Jane Heinig and the UC Davis Human Lactation Center got us started with an official logo and our website domain.  We then worked on creating a very simple website with information about local coalition activities, continuing education programs, advocacy alerts and CBC meetings.

This worked for a while, but it soon became apparent that we needed a more robust online presence to connect California’s breastfeeding advocates and to showcase all the action to remove barriers to breastfeeding in California.  The CBC Board voted in 2012 to fund the professional design of a new website and we began the big project of transferring information from the old site to the new, and like a baby, it keeps growing!

So here it is!  I am especially excited about the new Advocate Voices section. We want this to be the platform for a wide variety of posts from breastfeeding advocates, health care providers, parents and parents-to-be, coalition members, lactation consultants and public health professionals.  Topics can include reflections on your own personal experience, commentaries on breastfeeding news items, research findings, recommendations about pending legislation, or any other topics you think would be of interest.  Your Advocate Voices posting can be challenging, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, informative and/or humorous.  We are looking for a wide variety of topics and writers, so we encourage you to send us your stories.  We will (gently) review them to make sure they meet our guidelines and then share them in the Advocate Voices section.

Thanks for your patience while we worked on this transition.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Mary Woelfel, MPH, IBCLC


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