Celebrating a Landmark Year: California Breastfeeding Coalition’s 2023 Achievements

December 18, 2023

For the California Breastfeeding Coalition, 2023 has been a year of significant progress and impact. From record-breaking Summit attendance to the appointment of a new executive director and redesign of our website, each milestone reflects our collective dedication to protecting, promoting and supporting lactation and human milk feeding across California. Join us as we celebrate these accomplishments and set the stage for continued advocacy and success in the years to come.

Here’s a summary of the CBC’s last year:

  • 2023 CBC Summit breaks registration recordsAfter a challenging hybrid conference experience in 2022, we returned to an online-only Summit this year. More than 600 individuals took advantage of the opportunity to participate, far exceeding our prior record of 500 attendees. With close to 500 individuals logged in during the live portion of the event, we also experienced record-breaking engagement.
  • CBC forges allyship with The Melanated Mammary Atlas — By providing healthcare officials and providers with a visual repository of images displaying breast-related conditions on Asian, Indigenous, Black and Brown skin, The Melanated Mammary Atlas supports the CBC’s mission toward health equity.
  • Jasmine Pettis Marquez takes over leadership After more than a decade of leadership by Founding Executive Director Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, the CBC appointed Jasmine Pettis Marquest to lead the organization. As the coalition’s second-ever executive director, Marquez is charged with solidifying the organization’s sustainability as a key influencer in the state’s infant-feeding landscape.
  • Board welcomes six new members On July 1, six lactation advocates and professionals started their first terms on our CBC Board of Directors. 
  • New website launched As a statewide coalition, the CBC serves as a key resource for local coalitions, public health agencies, employers and families. The new website takes into account its diverse audiences and the needs of stakeholders now and into the future.
  • U.S. Breastfeeding Committee honors California leaders Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, Lucy Tyrala and Ashley Sayers all came home from the USBC National Conference and Convening with awards recognizing their contributions to the lactation field.
  • California LAW Guides published Supporting employers in upholding California’s lactation accommodation at work policies, and helping employees assert their rights under those policies is a key priority for the CBC. California LAW Guides, released in August, serve as a convenient resource for families and the companies for which they work.
  • CBC Shop offers merchandise year-round After a successful trial in 2022, the CBC launched its year-round merchandise shop offering shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and totes to those who support lactation and human milk feeding.
  • Board launches first peer-to-peer fundraiser The Human Milk is a Human Right fundraising campaign hosted by the CBC’s board of directors seeks to amplify the work of the coalition by increasing the number of private donors financially supporting our mission.

As we reflect on these accomplishments, we are filled with gratitude for your unwavering support and dedication. Your commitment fuels our mission and makes these successes possible.