Connecting for Collective Impact

Registration is now open for the  2018 California Breastfeeding Summit on January 24-25  at the Town and Country  in beautiful, sunny San Diego!

Join us at the 2018 California Breastfeeding Summit, the premier convening of the year which brings together diverse breastfeeding advocates and organizations all in one place! 

Together we will examine the status of breastfeeding in California, learn about evidence-based practices, new resources, establish new connections and network with colleagues from throughout the state. Past attendees say that the summit left them feeling inspired and motivated to take action to remove barriers and increase breastfeeding rates in their communities!

In this quickly evolving public health climate, the California Breastfeeding Summit allows you to stay informed about State and National policies that impact breastfeeding including:
  *The legalization of marijuana
  *Current breastfeeding and birth data
  *Baby-Friendly and Model Hospital Policy implementation updates
  *Creative strategies to support breastfeeding
  *Media controversies and digital campaigns in breastfeeding and so much more!

Baby-Friendly Hospital Recognition at 2017 Summit

Join us in San Diego and become an active participant of the breastfeeding movement in California!

Make sure to bookmark this CBC website page for updates:

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Breastfeeding Education for Physicians & Maternity Staff

From The Community Health Training Institute comes  Expanding Clinicians' Roles in Breastfeeding Support,  two tutorials (3 hours) of breastfeeding education aligned with the content expected for physicians providing care in Baby-Friendly Hospital facilities. CME 1 ("Expanding Clinicians' Roles in Breastfeeding Support: Continuing Medical Education (CME) Online Tutorial") is approved for June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2019 and CME 2 ("Focus on Maternal & Infant Care Prenatally and During the Hospital Stay") is July 31, 2016 to July 31, 2019. Register here.

The Maryland Hospital Breastfeeding Committee  offers  free CME and continuing education webinars to physicians and maternity staff.

Physician Webinar Series  - This series of six recorded lectures, by physicians for physicians and other practitioners, contains insight on important strategies and practices related to promoting and supporting breastfeeding. CME credits are available at no charge through June 2019.  Presenters and topics include " Safe Implementation of the Ten Steps" by  Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH,   and " The Immunology of Human Milk" by  Michal Ann Young, MD, FAAP. 

Maternity Staff Training Modules - This series of 15 training modules can be covered in a group-setting or used in an individualized learning approach to provide maternity staff with training and expertise needed to meet the Baby Friendly USA training requirements. Examples of topics include: "  Anatomy and Physiology: From Breast to Baby," " Hospital Policies that Assist with Breastfeeding," and " Infants and Mothers with Special Needs."
New Recommendations on Hepatitis C in Pregnancy

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released new clinical guidance regarding HCV in pregnancy entitled, "SMFM Consult Series #43: Hepatitis C in pregnancy: screening, treatment, and management." The recommendations will be published in the November issue American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and are endorsed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

SMFM recommends obstetric care providers should: Screen women who are at increased risk for HCV at their first prenatal visit; Manage HCV during pregnancy, labor, and birth to decrease the risk of transmission of vertical transmission; Treat HCV in the postpartum period as HCV-positive women can breastfeed. Read the full press release here. 
Updated Brief on Formula Feeding and Report on Infant Feeding in Emergencies from IBFAN

The International Baby Food Action Network's Codex Working Group has prepared a  briefing paper to highlight recommendations  for the revision of the Follow-up Formula Codex Standard. The briefing highlights the need to safeguard the health of older infants and young children and ensure policy coherence between Member State decisions at the World Health Assembly (WHA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (the Codex parent UN agencies) and Codex standards and guidelines. Read the briefing here Download it here.

IBFAN also released a report entitled, "Operational Guidance on Infant Feeding in Emergencies (OG-IFE) version 3.0." The report provides concise, practical guidance on how to ensure appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies. The OG-IFE applies to emergency preparedness, response, and recovery worldwide to minimize infant and young child morbidity and/or mortality risks associated with feeding practices and to maximize child nutrition, health, and development. Read the report here.  Download it here.
ACLU California & Access Women's Health Justice launch updated web resource "Your Health, Your Rights"

The ACLU of California and ACCESS Women's Health Justice have improved the   Your Health Your Rights website and made it mobile responsive. They've updated information about state laws, reiterating that California has
some of the nation's strongest laws guaranteeing sexual and reproductive health services. Information is available in English and Spanish, and has specific info for young people as well as adults. They hope to reach providers and the people they serve.  Visit the site here.
Cultural Sensitivity Pocket Guide for Health Care Providers

The Joint Commission released a mobile application featuring information from the "Cultural Sensitivity: A Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals" reference guide. The printed  version fits into a lab coat pocket, or as a mobile app, the guide offers healthcare professionals  information they need to successfully communicate with patients while respecting their specific cultural needs and expectations related to health care. The second edition focuses on pregnancy and birth, pediatric, and end-of-life needs related to c ultural customs. The  app covers the following cultures: African American, Anglo American, Asian, Hispanic/ Latino, Middle Eastern, Native  American, Russian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian. To order the guide or app click here.
Updated Breastfeeding Promo Materials from AAP
Virtual Sharing Table - Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition
This month the CBC is proud to highlight the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition, which recently completed its 4th annual donor milk drive - netting 13 new donors and 1,200 ounces of donated milk for Mothers' Milk Bank of San Jose. Please visit our coalition highlight and sharing page on the CBC website: Virtual Sharing Table to learn more about the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and how your coalition can apply to be featured as well!
Santa Barbara County WIC Breastfeeding Program wins USDA Award
The CBC congratulates  the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program for being awarded the Loving Support Excellence Gold Premiere Award by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Santa Barbara County WIC was the ONLY WIC agency in California to win this award level and one of 6 awardees throughout the United States! Way to go!

Santa Barbara County WIC has some of the highest breastfeeding rates in
California and the United States. The award was based on high breastfeeding rates, first-of-its-kind "Gen Y"-friendly and internationally recognized two-way texting program, a high number of lactation educators and consultants, great California WIC policies, procedures, and handouts, and our amazing community partnerships.  Download the full press release here.

California WIC Webinars pre-recorded webinars available
California WIC Works Webinars summer-fall series recordings are available for free download. Topics include: 

*Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Centers: Success in California

*California Infant Feeding Guide - What is New?

*Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities in California through Lactation Accommodation

To download presentation slides and recordings, please visit California WIC here.
The Greatest Gift and The True Breastfeeding Experience
The CBC's most recent advocate voices come from a mother in the community of the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition - who chose to pump and donate her milk, the greatest gift, after the loss of her infant. Please read her and her family's brave and touching story here.

Our other advocate voice is Kimberly Seals Allers, who urges the lactation community to rely not only on  "...interpretation models -scientific journals, evidence-based research and so-called best practices that have only been practiced on one type of audience," but to truly try to understand the individual person's experience of breastfeeding. It may be less tangible and clear-cut; but it is worth it and tells a deeper story. Please read her piece here.
Locally and around the world
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Blog: "Safe Sleep is Possible!"
Have you registered for the 2018 California Breastfeeding Summit? What are you waiting for? Join us!

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