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Continuity of care is the sharing, coordination, and integration of medical information among different providers to support patient care across multiple points in time and multiple care settings. 

What does this mean to breastfeeding families and the providers who serve them?
Continuity of Care is not a new topic in the healthcare world. It focuses on reducing negative outcomes such as safety and mortality across many specialties. When we apply this to breastfeeding we can translate this into what creates these gaps of continuity which contribute to less than ideal rates of initiation, exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding and the negative outcomes associated with this. When we develop systems to guarantee continuity of skilled support for lactation between hospitals and health care settings in the community, we support our client's and ourselves in our healthcare work. It both enables us to have an improved relationship with our patients and also allows us to work more effectively and, most importantly, results in improved clinical outcomes.
Our April 26 seminar will address the topic Protecting the Breastfeeding Continuum of Care in the Community: What We Can Do? featuring speaker, Emily Bernard. Emily's expertise is building partnerships and programs with a strategic and quality improvement focus bringing her years of clinical and project management experience to develop, implement, guide and evaluate.  She assists communities through community analysis, program set up and sustainability planning, partnership development, as well as community engagement strategies for both programmatic and government work in person and online. She has extensive experience with counseling families, clinical lactation work, and training in a variety of environments through curriculum development and program evaluation to create a continuity of care for families throughout communities.
You do not want to miss this opportunity to learn how the connections in care can be strengthened to support lactation in our community. Early bird pricing ends in two days (April 12). Register today. We can't wait to see and learn with you.

With gratitude,
Arissa Palmer
Executive Director
Upcoming Events-Continuing Education
California Family Leave Laws

April 11, 2019
This Spanish/English training will equip lactation consultants, nurses, home visitors, health care workers, and child care providers who serve low income and new immigrant communities with information on Paid Family Leave and related workplace rights. Help us create a strong county-wide network of support which will positively impact the number of parents and families who can access these benefits.
The training will provide resources and connection to a statewide network/coalition for regular updated information and feedback when questions arise. This innovative, interactive training incorporates hands-on practice and role play in Spanish and English. Participants will leave the training with new skills, information, and resources that will enable them to help parents and families of Los Angeles thrive.

Includes a full day of CERPs and CEUs!

Protecting the Breastfeeding Continuum of Care in the Community: What We Can Do

April 26, 2019

Early Bird pricing ends in
TWO days!!
With Emily Bernard

Continuity of Care is not a new topic in the healthcare world. It focuses on reducing negative outcomes such as safety and mortality across many specialties. When we apply this to breastfeeding we can translate this into what creates these gaps of continuity which contribute to less than ideal rates of initiation, exclusivity and duration of breastfeeding and the negative outcomes associated with this.
Improving breastfeeding is more than one person, agency or department can tackle. Partnerships and collaboration are essential to creating a continuity of care. We will discuss what partnerships mean to breastfeeding, where to look for them and ways to move forward together towards a common agenda of community continuity of care for breastfeeding.

Lactation Support In the High Risk Infant Population 

May 31, 2019
9am - 4:15pm

 Featured speakers: 
Julie Matheney MS, CCC-SLP
L. Hope Wills, MA, RDN, CSP, IBCLC, 
Dr. Christine Bottrell Mirzaian, MD, MPH, CLC
Please join us for a day-long seminar focused on serving the high risk infant population. The seminar will cover sensory development, torticollis, longitudinal outpatient breastfeeding support, how to integrate lactation care in a pediatric setting, the role of the IBCLC in supporting the maternal infant dyad and the unique needs of babies in the NICU and their parents during lactation. This seminar will feature 3 amazing speakers and 4 incredible presentations!

Upcoming Events-Lactation Consultant Education

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 2019
Brandi Jordan
Taught by Brandi Jordan, MSW IBCLC

BreastfeedLA's Lactation Consultant Education Course is an advanced and comprehensive educational course that provides part 2 of the 90 hours as mandated by the IBLCE for certification as a Lactation Consultant. This information will allow graduates to have the background necessary to prepare students to pass the educational components of the IBCLC exam for certification as an IBCLC. 
To sit for the IBCLC certification examination, an individual must meet eligibility criteria in three areas: Health Sciences Education, Lactation Specific Education, and Lactation Specific Clinical Experience. This course satisfies one of the three requirements: Lactation Specific Education. 

For more information and to register for ALL of our events visit us at  
Legislative/Advocacy Updates
Paid Family Leave Expansion

SB 135 (Jackson) - Paid Family Leave  The bill will be heard in Senate Labor today , check out our website for updates at    

This is an ambitious bill that will expand job protection to workers at businesses with 5 or more employees, includes coverage for care for a "designated person," expands CFRA to include job-protected time off for qualifying exigency leave, and other important provisions. A fact sheet is available here for your reference. 

Tricare Adds Coverage for Human Breast Milk, Limits Pump Supplies

As reported by the CA WIC Association : For the first time,  Tricare , the healthcare plan for military personnel, is covering the purchase of human breast milk from an accredited milk bank. The new coverage, which is retroactive to Jan. 1, could save mothers of premature or sick infants thousands of dollars if their baby requires breastmilk but they are unable to provide it. Donor breast milk can be lifesaving for infants born preterm or with a variety of health conditions, but if their mothers are unable to provide it, the costs can be daunting - breast milk purchased without insurance coverage can cost up to $5 an ounce. Under the new Tricare policy, no beneficiary will pay more than about $1.12 per ounce, while many will pay nothing. The new coverage comes with another lactation-related Tricare update, to exclude coverage of "luxury" breast pumps, such as those with smartphone connectivity and expanded rechargeable batteries, and limit coverage of breast pump supply kits to one per birth event.
In celebration of Valentine's Day, and all the love you show us and our breastfeeding community, over the next few issues of the Bee we will be sharing our love by featuring some of our most dedicated volunteers and staff who give their time and energy to further breastfeeding equity everyday.
This week we celebrate the Support of BreastfeedLA, our very own Jose Gonzalez! Jose has his hands in all of our BreastfeedLA activities and helps keep everything running smoothly!

Spotlight on Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez attended the University of California in Santa Barbara where he received his bachelor's degrees in Global and International Studies with an emphasis in European and Eurasian studies, Spanish Language and Literature, and Music with an emphasis in Operatic Performance. He joined the breastfeeding community through the social justice aspect when he realized that his breastfeeding friends were not only being harassed in public for feeding their newborn but additionally were not properly accommodated in school or at work. He realized that many workplaces, such as theaters and opera houses, sometimes provide only the bare minimum to accommodate their employees. Being a person that cannot stand for inequities, he decided to speak up against his university and employer to ensure that breastfeeding mothers were properly accommodated. As of now he has lived internationally in Mexico, England, Germany, and China and has observed the vast difference that exists when it comes to breastfeeding, childbirth practices, and paid family leave in each country and culture. 
Thank you for all you do Jose, we are lucky to have you!
Partner News & Opportunities
CEUs and CERPS sponsored by BreastfeedLA
Eisner Health Donor Milk Depot Open for Milk Donations
Eisner Health Milk Depot is open for milk donations and will be holding their first Milk Drive on Saturday, May 11 th . You are welcome to share the flyers below with your clients, communities, and partners!

For more information on local partner events visit our website at
Research Round-up
Can Human Breast Milk Reduce Intestinal Injury Following Bone Marrow Transplant?
A new pilot study compared the use of human breast milk to formula in children less than 5 years of age who underwent bone marrow transplant (BMT), measuring the levels of inflammatory and pro-inflammatory biomarkers in the stool and blood to assess inflammatory injury to the intestinal microbiome. The results, indicating that human milk was associated with decreased markers of inflammation and injury in the stool, are reported in an article published in  Breastfeeding Medicine , the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers Click here  to read the full-text article free through May 4, 2019. 
When you invest in one lactation student from BreastfeedLA, you invest in a multiplier effect that has a profound impact on Los Angeles' most complex problems of discrimination, poverty, and violence. 
It only costs $495 to champion one student to complete our 45 hour lactation education specialist course and $990 to complete our 90 hour lactation consultant course. However, we greatly appreciate gifts of any amount—a single contribution holds the potential to ignite the power of a future lactation consultant and forever change our world! 
When she is strengthened, she advocates for herself and changes her community.
Job Opportunities
Welcome in spring with a NEW job that  you love!

Check out NEW openings in the field!  Please visit our website HERE to see open positions !
Thank You To Our Donors
Thank you! 
Your generous contributions in 2019 help make our work possible.

Our programs are made possible through the generosity of our supporters like YOU! Join the elite and be recognized! Please donate   and help us to continue and remove breastfeeding barriers for mothers and babies in the greater Los Angeles area. Support BreastfeedLA with a monthly donation of just $10 or more per month. 

Leaders  of BreastfeedLA are those who gave $500 or more in 2019 or are monthly donors who support the ongoing mission of BreastfeedLA. 
Patrons of BreastfeedLA are individuals who gave $100-$499 in 2019.
Friends  of BreastfeedLA are those who gave $99 or below in 2019. 
Oluwapelumi Adeboyejo
Lori Berkemer
Michele Bragger 
Lindsey Rei Branker
Allison Casciato, MD
Leticia Casillas-Sanchez
Chris Carter and
Gabe Rotter
Rosemarie Cervantes
Jessica Claire

Tanya Colligan
Wendy DeLeon 
Judith Dunaway
Wilhelmina Gandionco
First 5 Los Angeles
HealthConnect One/Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA)
Melinda J. Kiely
LA Best Babies Network
Annet Mahendru and
Louie Gibson

Jill Nighswonger
Joan Ortiz
Denise Parker
Linda Robinson
Santa Barbara Foundation
Gail Spivak
Lucy Suzar
Katie Waters-Smith
Magdalene Whitman
Gwendolyn M. Brown
Jennifer Finnigan
Lauren Hollingsworth
Amy Wolff Kahan
Christopher Keyser
Wendy McGrail
Deborah Myers
Lina Nahue
Sally Pacholok
Rita Shertick
Rebeca Pastrana Sheng
Patricia Spier
Danny Toth
Christine Bennett
Hannah Brobst
Jennifer Davidson
Linda Goldman
Alexis Grizzell
Sara Hahn
Randy Moore
Arissa Palmer
Zanette Pettersen
Anthony Salzarulo
We strive to make the Bee an informative source of breastfeeding education and events throughout greater Los Angeles and breastfeeding research and resources from across the globe. Send comments (we LOVE feedback), ideas, announcements and resources to us.  Just click HERE

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