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This past August has proven to be an eventful Breastfeeding Awareness Month - so many different celebrations from all over our great state! We've never added so many breastfeeding month events to the CBC events calendar ! A great testament to California's forward movement. 

We highlighted only some of the ways our many different communities celebrated World Breastfeeding Week , Black Breastfeeding Week , and National Breastfeeding Month

 #WBW17   #CaliforniaBreastfeeding    #NBM17   #BBW17               #BetonBlack

California Department of Public Health releases 
2016 In-Hospital
Breastfeeding Data
The California Department of Public Health, 
Center for Family Health  announced the 2016 in-hospital breastfeeding data posted to the
CDPH In-Hospital Breastfeeding Initiation Data website.

California in-hospital infant feeding practices are monitored using data collected by the Newborn Screening (NBS) ProgramCDPH encourages hospitals to utilize data to integrate Quality Improvement (QI) efforts within the perinatal unit to ensure policies and practices are supportive of breastfeeding.
The data allows hospitals to compare their breastfeeding rates, as well as to their County and State rates. Data are also stratified by race and ethnicity.  For these data, exclusive breastfeeding is defined as infants receiving only breast milk up to the time of specimen collection for newborn genetic screening tests prior to hospital discharge, while any breastfeeding includes exclusively breastfed as well as infants receiving both breast milk and formula. 

To read the full report, as well as prior years' data through 2011, click here.
FDA research and initiatives dedicated to pregnant and lactating women
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a dedicated page for pregnant women, including information on safe medications, ultrasounds, food, and breast pumps. The FDA continues their work to help improve the information that doctors and pregnant women have available to support their healthcare decisions. 
MomsRising releases video empowering women of color to reach their breastfeeding goals 

In celebration of Black Breastfeeding WeekMomsRising released a new 90-second animated video about empowering breastfeeding women to reach their goals. From their Facebook page: (National Breastfeeding Month) is a time for celebration, as well as an important moment to take stock of what work still needs to be done to ensure that more moms, particularly moms of color, are able to meet their breastfeeding goals. 

Watch the video by clicking on the still image above or going here.
CDC shares fact sheet - Breast Pump Cleaning Guide
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published a new fact sheet entitled, "How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean: The Essentials."  The guide outlines steps individuals should take to keep their breast pump clean.  Health care providers may provide additional recommendations for babies who were born prematurely or have other health concerns.

Download the guide here:  English   //    Spanish
Robert Wood Johnson  Culture of Health Prize - inf ormational webinar Sept. 20th
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the call for proposals for the 2018 Culture of Health Prize. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and well-being are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses-so that good health flourishes everywhere. Phase I applications due Thursday, November 3.

Register here for the informational webinar on Wednesday, September 20, from 12noon-1pm PST. 
California Breastfeeding Coalition joins other leading organizations in public letter to Fed is Best co-founders
On August 16th, the California Breastfeeding Coalition and over 40 organizations joined 1,000 Days in requesting a meeting with the co-founders of the Fed Is Best Foundation.

Fed Is Best has engaged in a very public campaign that draws links between the practice of exclusive breastfeeding - as well as its education and promotion by health care providers - and the tragic deaths and injuries of babies. Lucy Sullivan, executive director of 1,000 Days, said, "
While we disagree on the root cause of these tragedies, we believe it's in everyone's best interest to engage in honest and constructive dialogue. As such, we invite the co-founders of Fed Is Best to discuss their positions with us and try to find common ground." Click here for the full letter and to learn more.
USBC invites organizations to join the 1,000 Days letter
If you are an organization wanting to support and co-sign the 1,000 Days reaching out to Fed is Best co-founders,  the USBC has created a platform for you to do so. The USBC is a "neutral convener," and as such, supports bringing parties together to take joint action, but doesn't participate directly in the action itself.  The sign-on form has been reopened indefinitely, to accommodate organizations that with to sign on as the word spreads further. New signers will be added to the letter every Wednesday, and will be shown in updated versions of the  PDF letter here.

*Note this is not for individuals. Organization only at this time please.*

Join the 1,000 Days letter here - organizations only
Tell Congress we want breastfeeding-friendly airports! Return of the FAM Act!
A recent study of 100 airports found while 62% reported being "breastfeeding-friendly," only 8% met minimal requirements for a breastfeeding mother: an outlet, a table, and a chair.

A bipartisan group demands change and has reintroduced the Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act, which would require large and medium hub airports to provide a private, non-bathroom space in each terminal for mothers to express breast milk. The space must be accessible to persons with disabilities, available in each terminal building after the security checkpoint, and include a place to sit, a table or flat surface, and electrical outlet.

USBC asks you to reach out to your Congress members and drum up interest, actions, and support! Click here to learn more and support.
Locally and around the world
American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing: "Nurses' Knowledge and Teaching of Possible Postpartum Complications"
International Lactation Consultant Association ("Lactation Matters" blog):  "Top 7 Ways to Support Black Breastfeeding Week" 
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