CBC Learn Education Series

CBC Learn is the California Breastfeeding Coalition’s educational series focused on evidence-based practices for health care providers. CBC Learn workshops and presentations are hosted online free of charge.

The CBC Learn Community is a free Facebook group where lactation advocates can gather to discuss trends, practices and share upcoming events.

Community Milk Sharing

Though pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) is the absolute best medicine for medically fragile infants, the World Health Organization doesn’t distinguish between PDHM and milk provided by another lactating individual in its recommendations of human milk over infant formula in cases where a child can’t access their mother’s own milk.

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine also has a positive position on informal milk sharing.

In 2022, the California Breastfeeding Coalition sponsored two webinars presenting facts and experiences associated with community, or informal, milk sharing:

Webinar for Providers:
How to Support Families Who Engage In Community Human Milk Sharing

Authorities on community milk sharing discuss:

      • Current evidence for community milk-sharing and what it means
      • Best practices for shared decision-making
      • What families should know about guidelines for screening milk donors
      • Informing families about safe handling and storage of human milk

Speakers: Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist, IBCLC and researcher; Dr. Natasha Sriraman, MD; Brandi Gates-Burgess, IBCLC

Parent Experience Panel:
Community Milk Sharing: What You Need To Know About Giving and Receiving Liquid Gold

This video features a panel of milk donors and grateful milk recipients sharing their personal experiences. Moderator Brandi Gates-Burgess of Breast Friends Lactation Support Services also presents historical information on the tradition of community milk sharing, wet nursing, and Black history and breastfeeding.

California Hospital Breastfeeding Support: Key Concepts Series

In 2021, the California Breastfeeding Coalition hosted a three-part webinar series for California Perinatal Hospitals implementing changes related to California Health and Safety Code (HSC § 123367). Deadline for implementation of the code is Jan. 1, 2025. Each session offers expert information, showcases successful hospital practices, facilitated shared learning and state-of-the-art resources.  

This series was funded by the WIC Regional Liaison Program of Alameda County and supported by CMQCC, PAC/LAC, and Inland Empire Breastfeeding Coalition. The videos are meant to be watched in the order listed below:

Breastfeeding Metrics
Core Measures and Performance Planning


  • Explain core and expanded breastfeeding metrics
  • Identify potential data measures for Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) performance improvement
  • Learn how other hospitals are addressing barriers using data

Speakers: Julia Bourg, Catherine Sullivan, Emily McCormick (CMQCC Maternal Data Center); and Tammy Turner (Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital)

Implementing Skill-Based Breastfeeding Competency Training


  • Summarize breastfeeding competencies as defined by current Baby-Friendly and California Model Policy guidance
  • Identify effective ways to implement and validate skills-based competencies
  • Learn steps and resources for developing and implementing a sustainable hospital training plan.

Speakers: Julia Bourg and Catherine Sullivan (CMQCC Maternal Data Center)

Family-Centered and Culturally Responsive Implementation of Hospital Breastfeeding Care Practices


  • Identify essential elements of family-centered and culturally responsive counseling to support ongoing development of staff competencies
  • Learn strategies to strengthen patient access to appropriate community care
  • Identify ways to use breastfeeding performance measures to improve outcomes, care equity and patient satisfaction

Speakers: Aunchalee Palmquist (Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute)



Breastfeeding Support Strategies for Late-Preterm Infants


  • Recognize the late-preterm infant gestational age and general characteristics.
  • Know the organ most responsible for difficulties with late preterm chest/breastfeeding.
  • Identify feeding tools that can help late-preterm infants overcome chest/breastfeeding difficulties and be able to state how these tools increase chest/breastfeeding success.
  • Describe the milestones late-preterm infants need to reach to be able to exclusively chest/breastfeed.

Speakers: Sandra Cole (Breastfeeding Challenges Made Easy for Late-Preterm Infants)

Resources: Download Sandra’s slides; to receive CEUs, email hello@californiabreastfeeding.org for the evaluation form



COVID-19 Webinar Series

In 2020, the CBC Learn Series presented several webinars to help providers understand the intersection of lactation support and the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. 

Thanks to generous support from the California Health Care Foundation, California WIC Association and Inland Empire Breastfeeding Coalition, the sessions were free and included continuing education credits for participants. Though credits are no longer available, you can access the webinar sessions free below. Before viewing, take into consideration that the content presented in each video is accurate to the time of its recording in 2020 but current data may lead to different conclusions.

Jessica Lee, Center for Worklife Law;
Caroline Wick, UC San Francisco;
Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, California Breastfeeding Coalition

Brandi Gates-Burgess, IBCLC;
Michele Poole, peer counselor;
Karen Garcia, peer counselor;
Tonya Kubo, community strategist