August 2017
Connecting for Collective Impact

It's the most wonderful time of the year... for the breastfeeding community!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week 
from the California Breastfeeding Coalition!

Founded by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was first celebrated in 1992 and is the first week of August (August 1-7) each year. Learn more about WBW history here. This year's 2017 WBW theme is "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together," and campaign materials such as action folders, posters, and official logos, are available here. Materials are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Indonesian, Traditional Chinese, and Brazilian Portuguese. Make sure to use #WBW17  as you share your work and events across social media. 
Across the Nation
While this first week of August is definitely one that builds excitement in our community, we don't have to stop there. August is National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) here in the U.S. thanks to the  United States Breastfeeding Committee  (USBC). Started by the USBC in 2011 (read the declaration  here ), this year's theme is "Charting the Course Together." Learn more about NBM  here , and remember to use  #NBM17  to spread the word and link our communities' actions.  
Across California
The  California Department of Public Health, Center for Family Health, released a World Breastfeeding Week 2017 Social Media Campaign. The plan includes verbiage for Facebook and Twitter, and includes images to share.  Click here to access and download the CDPH  World Breastfeeding Week Plan  #WBW17 social media campaign.

The California Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR), introduced by Assembly Member Rubio, proclaims August 2017 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Read the full resolution here.

Nourishing our Families, Communities and Future
Started four years ago,  Black Breastfeeding Week  is celebrated the last week, August 25-31, each year.  This year's theme is "Bet on Black." If you aren't familiar with BBW, please take a moment and read the  Top Five Reasons We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week . Our success as a breastfeeding community must absolutely be intersectional, and we must lift up every mother, baby, and family if we are to make real progress together. Use  #BetOnBlack  to spread the word and support Black breastfeeding!

Events during Breastfeeding Awareness Month
August 4, Campbell: Benefit to Support Mothers' Milk Bank
August 4, Templeton: Big Latch On
August 5, Fresno: Breastfeeding Awareness & Celebration Walk 
August 5, Sylmar: WBW Family Community Fair
August 6, Long Beach: Latch at the Colorado Lagoon
August 8, Corona: Breast Milk Drive
August 12, Antelope Valley: Baby Expo & Breast Milk Drive
August 18, El Centro: "The Milky Way" Screening
August 21, Watts/Los Angeles: Breast Milk Drive
August 26, Everywhere: "Baby Lift Up" Black Breastfeeding Week Signature Event
August 31, Los Angeles: "Breastfeeding Advocacy 101" Free Training

See the full calendar here. We will update events as we become aware of them!

Have an event that's not listed? Please contact us so we can include it on our website! 
Yelp Partners with California Health Care Foundation to Add Maternity Care Measures to Searches & Listings
Information about where to get the best maternity care can be hard to find, but a new venture may make it much easier for families to filter and find. In partnership with California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), the Yelp website and mobile app now displays maternity care measures for all California hospitals that deliver babies.  The data for the measures come from The  measures displayed include: l ow-risk c-section rate, percentage of caesarean section (c-section) deliveries, b reastfeeding rate, e pisiotomy rate,  VBAC routinely available, and  VBAC rate. 

MILCC announces new "Emerging Leaders in Lactation" Scholarship
Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC) announced the new  "Emerging Leaders in Lactation (ELL) Scholarship." It was was established in the spirit of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion among the community of International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) candidates and future leaders. IBCLC candidates who demonstrate leadership potential, belong to a group historically underrepresented in the profession and its leadership, and who may otherwise be unable to pursue their IBCLC credential are offered the opportunity for financial assistance through the ELL Scholarship fund.  Qualified applicants are eligible for full or partial financial assistance with the costs associated with IBCLC certification.  ELL Scholarships are made possible by donations and grants. 

For more information and to apply, please click here. *
Deadline for submission is September 15th!
"Best Fed Beginnings" free webinar - August 2
Join the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) on Wednesday, August 2 (9-10am PST) for a free webinar with Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC, and Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, featuring the findings and key takeaways from the Best Fed Beginnings initiative. Co-authors of a new Pediatrics journal article, "Best Fed Beginnings: A Nationwide Quality Improvement Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding," the duo will share insights and analysis on the initiative's major achievements, including driving 80 percent of participating hospitals to achieve "Baby-Friendly" status, and answer attendees questions.

California Infant Feeding Guide free webinar - August 24
Join us to learn about the California Infant Feeding Guide, especially recent updates to the chapter on Lifecycle: Normal Infant Feeding (0-12 months). We'll discuss the latest feeding recommendations based on Developmental Stage. This webinar is presented jointly by California Department of Public Health, California Breastfeeding Coalition, and the California WIC Association.

Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 free training - August 31
BreastfeedLA presents a full day of advocacy training designed for those who work with and advocate for breastfeeding moms and families.  Our expert speakers will provide a close look at the current laws, the protections they provide, and where they fall short. You'll receive hands-on advocacy practice, a comprehensive Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Toolkit, and continuing education credits. Speakers represent California Breastfeeding Coalition, ACLU of Southern California, California Women's Law Center, Northeast Valley Health Corporation, Legal Aid at Work, and activities include an Advocate Voices panel and role-playing scenarios.  Learn to advocate for breastfeeding rights, so all families can meet their breastfeeding goals.

Share YOUR advocate voice! Call for papers on the experience of breastfeeding in public 
Women breastfeed in a Buenos Aires park in Argentina, July 2016.           AP Photo/Agustin Marcarian
The International Breastfeeding Journal issued a call for stories from of breastfeeding in public. Since Stearn's groundbreaking study of breastfeeding in public in 1999, there has been little qualitative research targeted at understanding the experience of this activity.  Van Esterik wrote researchers need to focus on "the activity of breastfeeding," and collect "women's stories about their breastfeeding experiences [so that they] can be treated as evidence, not anecdote." The project editors seek a wide variety of topics beyond breastfeeding in public, such as: breastfeeding at work; media coverage of breastfeeding in public controversies; transgender and intersex feeding practices; mental health implications of breastfeeding controversies; and other areas.  For more information and how to submit please click here.
NACCHO seeks stories from community breastfeeding programs 
Kimberly Seals Allers and her children
Share your story!  National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) wants to promote the work that you are doing through the NACCHO website and their webinars. How is your local health department (LHD) changing the context of Breastfeeding in the Community, especially for those who have been traditionally underserved? If your organization is allied (working in partnership) with an LHD, share how you are working together to create an enabling environment for women to successfully breastfeed at levels recommended by leading health agencies. NACCHO is specifically looking for stories of breastfeeding programs with a high recruitment and retention rates and other community engagement strategies. 

Locally and around the world
The Stranger: "The First Time Breastfeeding My Daughter"  - trans parent's story
Visit the CBC Events Calendar here. This page lists California continuing education programs presented by local and regional breastfeeding coalitions, community-based organizations, and health care and educational institutions. If you would like your program listed, please email us at

Together we are working towards a vision of no barriers to breastfeeding in California