May 2017
Connecting for Collective Impact

Dear (Contact First Name),
May has been a truly wonderful month for California breastfeeding! All of us at the California Breastfeeding Coalition wish a warm congratulations to our great state's three newest Baby-Friendly Hospitals: Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo,  Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood and El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve Baby-Friendly designation. We appreciate and commend your commitment to providing your mothers, babies, and families with the gold standard in lactation support. 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, California's 92nd Baby-Friendly Hospital
Centinela Hospital Medical Center, California's 93rd Baby-Friendly Hospital

El Camino Hospital, California's 94th Baby-Friendly Hospital

Anderson Valley Health Care
Delta Health Care
LA BioMed WIC Program
Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association
McSwain Elementary School

California Breastfeeding Coalition 2017 "Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Award" honorees pictured with Sacramento County Breastfeeding Coalition 2017 Award recipients.

These businesses were chosen for their exemplary efforts to support lactating employees by creating breastfeeding policies, ensuring all staff are aware of their policies and talking with expectant mothers about accommodating their breastfeeding needs when they return to work. These criteria ensure compliance with existing California and Federal laws requiring employers to provide time and space for employees who want to express their milk.

We celebrated our honorees in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 23rd at a ceremony co-sponsored by Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator, District 6. For more information on our honorees and awards ceremony,  please visit the CBC website here.

We are so proud of California's commitment to breastfeeding and salute all those who are leading the way! Together we make a difference. 
Moms Rising campaign takes aim at inadequate workplace lactation accommodations
Image from KellyMom
MomsRising launched a campaign titled, "IPumpedHere" to call attention to the fact that 60% of pumping women don't have basic workplace accommodations or adequate break time. 
For more information on the #IPumpedHere campaign and to sign up for a sticker, visit the MomsRising campaign page here

Watch the campaign video on the MomsRising Facebook page.
BFUSA releases statement on Exclusive Breastfeeding, Pacifiers, and Safe Sleep
Baby-Friendly USA (BFUSA) released a new statement promoting exclusive breastfeeding and the safe implementation of practices that support exclusive breastfeeding while also reinforcing safe sleep and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) reduction messages and practices. BFUSA believes strongly that the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding, safe sleep, and SIDS reduction are complementary initiatives. In fact, breastfeeding is recommended as a strategy for reducing SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. The protective effect of breastfeeding increases with exclusivity. 

  Please click here to read and download the statement.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine releases updated protocol on Breastfeeding and Substance Use
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) has released an updated Clinical Protocol #21: Guidelines for Breastfeeding and Substance Use or Substance Use Disorder, Revised 2015. A central goal of ABM is the development of clinical protocols for managing common medical problems that may impact breastfeeding success. These protocols serve only as guidelines for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants and do not delineate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as standards of medical care.

Please click here to read and download the protocol.
World Health Organization releases reference booklet, "The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes - 2017 Update: Frequently Asked Questions"
The World Health Organization has released, The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes - 2017 Update: Frequently asked questions. The purpose of this booklet is to provide easy-to-read detailed information on specific questions related to the Code, including what products are covered by the code, infant formula labeling, and information about implementation and monitoring. It is intended for policy-makers, health workers and others concerned with the Code, as well as the general public.

Please click here  to read and download the booklet.
Center for Worklife Law/ACLU release fact sheet "Pumping at Work: How Medical Professionals Can Support Breastfeeding Patients"
Center for WorkLife Law at the UC Hastings College of the Law and American Civil Liberties Union have launched a new factsheet entitled, "Pumping at Work: How Medical Professionals Can Support Breastfeeding Patients." The factsheet is included in the Pregnant@Work webpage, Helping People Seek Breastfeeding Accommodations, featuring a variety of resources for health care providers, including a sample workplace accommodation note. Pregnant@work also provides information for employers, attorneys, and pregnant/parenting women, including a free legal hotline.

Please click here to read and download the booklet.
TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance - On the Move!
The TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance (TCBA), was re-instituted in 2010 and is a newly granted 501(c)3 non-profit organization. TCBA includes Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties. TCBA is enjoying a resurgence and we salute their forward progress! 

In 2015, The TCBA and the Sutter County Children and Families Commission were awarded the California Breastfeeding Coalition's "Golden Nugget Award for Excellence in Reducing a Key Barrier to Breastfeeding" for their campaign focusing on reducing the risk for breast cancer by supporting breastfeeding.  Most recently, TCBA hosted their first conference  in 5 years  on May 5th at the Rideout Conference Center in Yuba City. Their featured guest speaker was  Dr. Todd Wolynn , pediatrician and IBCLC from Pittsburgh, PA and the event was a great success.

For the full story and to learn more about TCBA, please see their Virtual Sharing Table on the CBC site here. 

Want to share what your coalition is up to? We want to highlight your work and community! Please click here to learn more and download the short application.
Legislation & Advocacy 
Yesterday, Senate Bill 63 passed out of the Senate after supportive speeches by Senator Jackson, Senator Mitchell and Senator Dodd, who shared a personal story about his son taking leave.  You can see how your legislator voted   here

SB 63 extends job protection under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to more new parents taking bonding leave. Currently, CFRA only covers workers in businesses with 50 or more employees, SB 63 would extend job protection to new parents in businesses with 20 or more employees. SB 63 would provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity leave and paternity leave for more California employees.

T his year breastfeeding advocates have been active in supporting SB 63 and participating in local legislative district visits.  If you would like to be involved in future legislative visit, email  with subject line District Visit to participate.
Work & Family Sacramento Lobby Day a success! 
CBC Executive Director Robbie Gonzalez-Dow (L), pictured with (L-R) Bami, Rebeca, Destinee, and Katie of BreastfeedLA and Long Beach Breastfeeds.
California Work & Family Coalition members, including representatives from California Breastfeeding Coalition, BreastfeedLA, and Long Beach Breastfeeds, participated in a regional meeting and lobby day on May 22nd in the State Capitol in Sacramento!  The group met with key legislators and staff on bills that expand the rights of new parents and caregivers in the workplace. 

To learn more about the day and how to join advocacy efforts, please visit the  California Work & Family Coalition site here.
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.

August will be here before we know it! What events and celebrations are you planning in your community? Email  and your event will be posted on our  event website page

We want to share your celebrations! Let us know so we can feature your coalition's WBW/NBM activities on the CBC website and here in the CBC Connection!
"Breastfeeding is life or death for communities of color"
IBCLC Camie Goldhammer is on a mission
Camie, second from left, teaching interns as a mother breastfeeds her child
The birth of Camie Goldhammer's first daughter did not go as planned. The labor had gone long, and Goldhammer, a social worker, ended up having an emergency C-section.  "I had not taken a breastfeeding course," Goldhammer said. "I'd never really seen anybody breastfeed. No one in my family had done that."  Goldhammer is Sisseton-Wahpeton, a tribe from South Dakota. Breastfeeding rates are low among Native women. But Goldhammer thought she'd give it a try.  Breastfeeding was an epiphany. "I was just like, this is the answer, this is everything. In all this work that I've been doing, how has no one ever told me about breastfeeding?" 
Locally and around the world
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 Robbie at

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