Connecting for Collective Impact

We find ourselves in a new season and with some great strides forward in California for breastfeeding - the dynamic progress of current legislation like SB 62 New Parent Leave Act and ACR 113 Breastfeeding Awareness Resolution
Help for Breastfeeding Families in Emergency Situations
Family at a shelter after Hurricane Harvey.  
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We've also seen terrible and heartbreaking tragedies in Las Vegas, and with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the ongoing devastation they all leave in their wake. Our hearts go out to these places and people as we respect their roads to healing will be long and difficult. We think of these communities, from every first-responder to every family, and all of us at the CBC can't help but think of breastfeeding families. With  National Preparedness Month  just behind us, it's never too late to review recommendations and resources for breastfeeding and breastmilk-feeding families in times of natural disaster and emergency. 
We updated the  Coalition Resources page   on the CBC website  with a comprehensive list of recommendations, guides, and visual aids from leading maternal health organizations such as WHO, USBC, ILCA, La Leche League, AAP, and newly-released information from the the CDC. Please check it out and bookmark. We hope it's helpful and thank you for all you do for our breastfeeding community in California.

Registration Opens Soon 
Registration will open very soon for this year's summit which will be held January 24-25, 2018 at the   Town & Country in beautiful, sunny San Diego. Look out for a Special Announcement from the CBC!

Updates will be posted at the dedicated summit page on the CBC website:

If you have any questions, or would like to participate as a
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please contact us NOW! Never too early to jump on in!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A newly-released report from the American Cancer Society found death rates from  breast cancer  in the United States have dropped 39% between 1989 and 2015. This translates to 322,600 deaths avoided during those 26 years. Findings are published in  Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2017-2018  and in Breast Cancer Statistics, 2017 in  CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians . An excerpt: "About one-third of postmenopausal breast cancers are thought to be caused by behavioral factors that are modifiable, such as... not breastfeeding." The report also suggests breastfeeding's protective effect may be explained by breastfeeding inhibiting menstruation, thus reducing the lifetime number of cycles, and structural changes occurring in the breast following lactation and weaning. D ownload the 2017 Facts & Figures  here.  

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The American Journal of Preventive Medicine's September 2017 issue featured the article, "Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer Risk Reduction: Implications for Black Mothers." An excerpt : "Black women in the U.S. have lower rates of breastfeeding and nearly twice the rates of triple-negative breast cancer compared with white women... Addressing the barriers to initiating and continuing breastfeeding could improve breastfeeding rates and reduce racial disparities in triple-negative breast cancer incidence... If black women breastfed at the same rate as non-Hispanic white women, the incidence of triple negative breast cancer in the U.S. could be reduced by two-thirds among parous Black women." The article discusses the disproportionate amount of breastfeeding barriers experienced by Black women and communities of color. Download the article here.

NACCHO calls for "Stories from the Field" by October 16th
The National Association of County & City Health Officials has released a call for stories through Stories from the Field a website to highlight local health department successes, challenges, and innovations.   NACCHO is particularly interested in stories from organizations that are changing the context of breastfeeding in rural communities, especially for those who have been traditionally underserved, to be highlighted in  an upcoming webinar on Monday, October 16. Tell your story here!

Cambridge Health Alliance releases Breastfeeding Cost Calculator
In a new study p ublished in  Breastfeeding Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance used their  interactive online calculator and found,  "...a 5% point increase in breastfeeding rates was associated with statistically significant differences in child infectious morbidity for the U.S. population, including otitis media and gastrointestinal infection... Associated medical cost differences were $31,784,763 for otitis media and $12,588,848 for gastrointestinal infection." The study concluded that m odest increases in breastfeeding rates substantially impact healthcare costs in the first year of life. Read the study here.

The  online the calculator allows users to select a population and specify a future breastfeeding rate to generate a report on the expected impact on five maternal and nine child diseases. The calculator is hosted by the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. Use the online calculator here.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine releases revised Clinical Protocol for Human Milk Storage
released a revised Clinical Protocol #8: Human Milk Storage Information for Home Use for Full-Term Infants, Revised 2017 Breastfeeding mothers may encounter unforeseen reasons for separation from their infants, but more often women express and store milk for planned events, lifestyle flexibility, and returning to work. Knowledge of appropriate human milk handling and storage is essential for breastfeeding success in these situations. ABM clinical  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.   Read and download the full revised protocol here.

IBFAN ICDC releases report on international WHO Code violations 
The International Baby Food Action Network released the 11th  Global Monitoring report, "Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2017 (BTR 2017)." The report is a compilation of marketing practices from around the world that have violated the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes  over the past three years. The report includes almost 800 legally-vetted entries on 28 companies from 79 countries as well as marketing trends, Code-related news,  and provides undeniable proof that baby food companies continue to undermine breastfeeding and optimal infant and young child feeding. Despite progress, enforcement and monitoring is patchy and the promotion of breastmilk substitutes is still wide-spread.  Download the report Executive Summary here.

Send letters of support for SB 63 to Governor Brown!
The New Parent Leave Act-SB 63 is on the Governor Brown's desk. Individual and organization letters of support are needed! Please sent letters to ASAP to Governor Brown now - before 10/15! Visit the CBC website for more info and to use the template letter. Or, download the template letter  here and fax to  (916) 558-3160  or email to  leg.unit@gov.ca.gov .
Stay up-to-date by visiting the CBC's Current Legislation page .  

NAPPLC invites support for statement on culturally relevant care during during emergencies
The National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color issued a statement on infant feeding during disasters. Research shows that disasters have been known to disproportionately affect communities of color.  It is vital that organizations and volunteers give culturally relevant care and support to all families.   The statement asserts the importance of promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding and chestfeeding, access to human milk, and safe formula feeding during emergencies.  Read the full statement here.

Trainings, meetings, conferences, and more...
Take a moment to see what coalitions are up to statewide through the end of the year. Great programming all over California, including: 
  • Napa Valley Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Conference
  • Placer County Conference
  • Kings County Breastfeeding Coalition Conference
  • SWAG Conference
  • BreastfeedLA hosts Dr. Helen Ball, Durham University UK (WEBINAR)
  • Numerous lactation educator/specialist trainings!   
Please visit the  CBC Events Calendar  for dates, info, and how to register!

Locally and around the world
Together we are working towards a vision of no barriers to breastfeeding in California