July 2017
Connecting for Collective Impact

Mark your calendar!

Racial and Geographic Differences in Breastfeeding - United States, 2011-2015"
A recent CDC study published in the July 2017 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 
includes their analysis of 2011-2015 National Immunization Survey (NIS) data for children born during 2010-2013 to describe breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity through 6 months and duration at 12 months among black and white infants. NIS is a national ongoing survey conducted among households with children aged 19-35 months. Questions on breastfeeding were added to the survey in 2001 and have since been used for national breastfeeding surveillance. From the report: "
The difference in breastfeeding indicators among black and white infants by state continues to be substantial... To reduce the disparities in rates of breastfeeding between black and white infants, interventions need to specifically address breastfeeding barriers experienced disproportionally by black mothers."
Recorded Webinar: Breastfeeding Update from WIC
This webinar highlights the results of current WIC breastfeeding efforts and discusses innovative strategies between WIC and other community agencies to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. Two authors of articles from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior WIC BF Supplement, sponsored by Food and Nutrition Services U.S. Department of Agriculture, present their work.  Recorded 07/11/17.

Upcoming Webinar: "Best Fed Beginnings" Initiative - Key Findings & Takeaways
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.

CDC Releases Interactive Chronic Disease Indicator Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced the release of its Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) data. The CDIs provide public health agencies with access to the most relevant, up-to-date, and uniformly-defined chronic disease surveillance data at the state level. The Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Weight Status category contains several breastfeeding indicators, including infants breastfed at six months, formula supplementation within the first two days of life, mean mPinc score, live births occuring at Baby-Friendly designated facilities, and support of onsite breastfeeding in state child care regulations. 

Still Time to Register for the USBC's
Seventh National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening! 
Don't miss the Seventh National Breastfeeding Coalitions Convening (NBCC) coming up on August 4-6, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. The USBC is thrilled to convene this singular event once again, with a continued focus on enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through policy and practice change, with an emphasis on racial equity and community engagement.  This year the redesigned NBCC program will feature skill-building sessions that interweave theory and practice of equity with coalition capacity building. 

Click here to register for the conference.

Click here for additional conference information, such as objectives and preliminary event program.
"The Raising of America" Film Screening and Parental Leave Policy Forum
Parental leave is an important social determinant of pregnancy, maternal and infant health, and optimal breastfeeding success rates rely on the implementation of a strong equitable paid parental leave policy. On August 28th at the State Capitol, j oin California Endowment, First 5 California, California Newsreel, Legal Aid at Work, and California Work & Family Coalition for a special free screening of "Raising of America," a Groundbreaking PBS Film, a Policy Forum on Parental Leave, and a Hosted Reception. 

Click here to register and for full details.
Black Breastfeeding Week Announces 2017 Theme
Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25-31) has announced this year's theme, "Bet on Black: Nourishing Our Families, Communities & Futures." BBW is making an all-in bet on black women, men, families, and communities to create the solutions for a solid future. One of the key foundations for that vibrant future is supporting breastfeeding. The BBW signature "Lift Up" events will take place nationwide on Wednesday, August 26. Visit the BBW website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and follow the hashtag #BetOnBlack for more details. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the celebration.
World Breastfeeding Week
The 2017  World Breastfeeding Week  (WBW) theme is "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together ." As always, WBW is celebrated internationally August 1-7, and here in the U.S. August is National Breastfeeding Month (NBM). We also celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW) on August 25-31.
Tell Us About Your Breastfeeding Promotion Event
The CBC wants to share your celebrations! We will feature your coalition's WBW/BBW/NBM activities on the  CBC website  and here in the CBC Connection!

Please fill out the  Virtual Sharing Table form  HERE  or email us at  californiabreastfeeding@gmail.com  with a description of your event.  We love to share photos and graphics, too!
 SB 63, the New Parent Leave Act, passes 
Assembly Labor and Assembly Judiciary Committees!
California Breastfeeding Coalition and other coalition members meeting with Assemblymember Anna Caballero (fourth from left) about SB 63 in her Salinas office.
Thanks to the continued dedicated efforts by Coalition members and allies in support of family health, well-being, and economic security,  SB 63 (Jackson) has passed out of the Assembly Labor and Assembly Judiciary Committees - the latter with bipartisan support! Coalition members are keeping up the momentum, meeting with and educating Assemblymembers in their district offices about the importance of job-protected leave for new parents. SB 63 had previously passed out of the State Senate on May 30th. 

SB 63 is moving forward in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on July 19 th Advocacy works!
For more information on legislation, to get involved, and to stay updated visit the CBC website here and the California Work and Family Coalition website here
State Breastfeeding Resolution
It's coming, thanks to Assemblymember Blanca Rubio  (District 48) and staff. We are just waiting for it to move out of Legislative Counsel. This will be in time for August, World Breastfeeding Month. The resolution will go to the Assembly for review and a vote. Resolutions do not need to pass both houses or go to the Governor.
Kimberly Seals Allers, award-winning journalist, author and a nationally recognized advocate for breastfeeding and infant health launches #FACTSNOTFEAR campaign
Kimberly Seals Allers and her children
"Finding a strength begets strength. You conquer a fear, there is another one you can surely defeat. I believe that because I lived that. I share this story with you because recently I have been involved in a very important effort to combat misinformation and fear mongering about exclusive breastfeeding. I have joined with my respected comrades at 1,000 Days to ask others in the breastfeeding space to raise their voices collectively to stand against a fast-moving threat to our work.  In April, we kicked off a   coordinated effort   to set the record straight on breastfeeding in response to the disinformation campaign organized by the Fed Is Best Foundation..." Read more here

Seals Allers, along with 1,000 Days, and a group of like-minded breastfeeding advocates have launched the collaborative campaign #FactsNotFear. Learn all about the campaign and download graphics for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
Locally and around the world

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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 Robbie at 

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