LACTATION ACTION NETWORK
What is the Lactation Action Network?
The Lactation Action Network (LAN) is the advocacy arm of the California Breastfeeding Coalition. We work with the California WIC Association, Legal Aid at Work, California Work and Family Coalition and other stakeholders to collaboratively address the systemic and institutional barriers to lactation and human milk feeding at the policy level. LAN participants are the voices for chest/breastfeeding families in their communities, in Sacramento and in Washington, DC.
Educate your Legislators About Issues that Impact Lactation!
Every year the Lactation Action Network convenes upon the State Capitol to inform California legislators about important issues related to lactation. Our advocates visit legislative offices in person and online. Each year, the Lactation Action Network sponsors Advocacy Day during the California Breastfeeding Summit. Network members stay in touch monthly through email communications and a standing meeting.
In 2022, the Lactation Action Network and CBC staff joined the California Work and Family Coalition, Legal Aid at Work and other stakeholders to lobby for the passage of SB 951. Signed into law on Sept. 30, 2022, this bill increases the wage replaces for workers who qualify for State Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave.
What is expected of me if I participate in the Lactation Action Network?
*Learn about and discuss current lactation policy issues.
*Participate in developing statewide lactation policy priorities.
*Build and maintain relationships with your Congressional member, State Assembly member and State Senate member.
*Educate legislators about issues that impact families from meeting their chest/breastfeeding and lactation goals.
*Respond to Action Alerts that request a rapid contact to your legislators.
*Attend Capitol Day visits in Sacramento and in Washington, DC, when coordinated opportunities become available.
*Lead or participate in efforts for state, county and/or city resolutions to proclaim August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
*Present local breastfeeding data to your county’s First 5 Commission and to other identified stakeholders.
*Participate in media advocacy campaigns and be a media spokesperson.
*Participate in quarterly webinar meetings and others as needed.
How can I participate in the Lactation Action Network?
Sign up for the Lactation Action Network below. You will need to provide the district numbers of your Congressional, State Assembly and State Senate representatives. You can click the buttons below to find out that information for your location.