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Because of you, in 2018, BreastfeedLA led the charge in Los Angeles to create a public environment supportive of breastfeeding and championed the effort to lead our community's major healthcare systems towards supporting exclusive breastfeeding. Your stories touched us. Your generosity sustained us and your dedication powered us.

Last year's accomplishments were monumental. Through your generous support we were able to accomplish the following:
We received the California Breastfeeding Coalition Golden Nugget Award for our advocacy efforts.
Our Lactation Education Specialist training kicked off in January with 25 students. Over the year, we trained 150 total students in our 45 hour lactation course!
We co-hosted twenty-four Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortium meetings and three community meetings along with our partners at PAC/LAC, WIC, and the County Public Health Department.
We opened four donor breast milk collections sites in Los Angeles County increasing access to donor milk for our NICU babies.
We held our 10th Anniversary Summit focused on equity. And WOW was it amazing!
We presented at the United States Breastfeeding Coalitions Annual Conference, the California Breastfeeding Summit, the Black Women for Wellness conference and the California Work and Family Coalition Statewide meeting.
In August, LA County Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation calling for all sectors of the community to protect, support and promote a mother's right to breastfeed.
Along with our partners at WIC, we started the first ever Asian Breastfeeding Task Force in LA County.
We provided technical assistance to four hospitals and three clinics towards improving their breastfeeding outcomes.
We advocated for three bills which passed this year to improve lactation accommodations at colleges, at work, and in jail.
Nearly 1,200 health professionals received over 450 hours of continuing education through our seminars and educational trainings!
We launched our new website with an updated and more advanced resource directory for lactation support throughout Los Angeles County!
And so much more! 

2019 will be no different. We will continue to be your trusted source for breastfeeding information and resources by facilitating learning opportunities and providing lactation information and resources in the Greater Los Angeles area. As we move into this new year, we give gratitude to you, our donors, volunteers, and supporters. Together, we are an unstoppable force, fighting for breastfeeding equity in our shared community.

There is so much more work to be done to better support breastfeeding families, and we still need your help to make it happen. Although four out of five moms initiate breastfeeding, two-thirds report that they are unable to reach their personal breastfeeding goals. Disparities continue to exist by race and ethnicity for in-hospital breastfeeding rates and breastfeeding duration. With your support, we can continue to address the barriers that threaten to keep families from reaching their own breastfeeding goals. 

Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years as we welcome in 2019. The best is yet to be!

Arissa Palmer
Executive Director
Upcoming Events
Jan 8, 16, 22, 30, 31 2019

This lactation educator series touches on all areas of the IBCLE Detailed Content Outline (for those preparing to sit for the IBCLC Board Exam) and meets the Step 2 Baby-Friendly USA Staff Education Requirements, 2016 Edition.
This 45-course in lactation education covers basic breastfeeding management techniques such as Positioning, Attachment, Physiology & Hormones of Breastfeeding, Milk Production, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Counseling Skills, Creating a Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, Adult Learning Techniques, plus more!


Feb 5, 13, 19, 27, 28 2019
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. 

Our Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Education Program
For more information and to register for ALL of our events visit us at  
Legislative/Advocacy Updates
“Landmark” Maternal Health Legislation Clears Major Hurdle

In the wake of the ProPublica and NPR series “Lost Mothers,” the U.S. House of Representatives and then the Senate approved a bill to fund state committees to review and investigate deaths of expectant and new mothers, to determine which deaths could have been prevented and how. #Act2SaveMoms

Partner News & Opportunities
Announcement from California WIC!
New Team Nutrition resources  for the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators are available to help child care sites communicate with new and expectant moms about breastfeeding. They are currently available in English only, but Spanish and print versions are coming soon. Check out  A Mother's Guide , the  Breastfed Babies Welcome Here Poster , and  Breastfed Babies Welcome Here Graphic for social media.
Research Round-up
Bedsharing, Breastfeeding and Babies Dying: A Conversation Worth Having 
As shared in a recent article presented by the NICHQ, bedsharing can lead to longer  breastfeeding duration . It also leads to  more infant deaths . These opposing facts represent a major dilemma for those working to improve infant health. It becomes even trickier when we dive a little deeper. Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, a pediatrician and safe sleep and breastfeeding expert, provides some answers.

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 the NEW year with a NEW job that  you love! Job listings have been recently updated!

BreastfeedLA is hiring for our Continuing Education Coordinator and Faculty Trainer positions!!! 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 2018 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 2018 or are monthly donors who support the ongoing mission of BreastfeedLA. 
Patrons of BreastfeedLA are individuals who gave $100-$499 in 2018.
Friends  of BreastfeedLA are those who gave $99 or below in 2018. 
Oluwapelumi Adeboyejo
ACLU Southern California
Katie Balderas
Lori Berkemer
Michele Bragger 
California Health Care Foundation
Allison Casciato, MD
Leticia Casillas-Sanchez
Center for Worklife Law
Rosemarie Cervantes 
Jessica Claire
Tanya Colligan
Wendy DeLeon 
Employment Development Department (EDD)
Femina PT
First 5 California
First 5 Los Angeles
Health Net
Sandy Hill
Sarah Kasch
Sharilyn Kelly
Kentec Medical, Inc.
Limerick Inc.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Melinda Kiely
Terri Nikoletich
North East Valley Health Corporation
Joan Ortiz
Denise Parker
Linda Robinson
South Los Angeles Health Projects
David and Gail Spivack
University of Alabama
Katie Waters-Smith
West Coast University
Magdalene Whitma n
Antelope Valley Breastfeeding Coalition
Sonja Beck
The Berlin Group
California Women's Law Center
California Work & Family Coalition
Renee Di Gregorio
Doula Trainings International
Patricia Elder
Fairhaven Health
Wilhelmina Gandionco 
Good Samaritan Hospital
Adi Greenberg
Barbara Haberman
LaTanya Hines
Kelly Kay
Kind Bars
KindredSpace LA 
Liquid Gold Concept
Los Angeles County, Dept. of Public Health
Lumos Transforms
March of Dimes
Maternal Mental Health Now
Kimmalo McFarlane-Wright
Wendy McGrail
MOMS Orange County 
Mother's Milk Bank, San Jose
Deborah Myers
Platypus Media
Lina Nahue
Carmen Rezak
Rita Shertick
Simply Mama
Rebeca Pastrana Sheng
Union Institute and University
Daniel Vu
Leila Yoonessi-Imandoust, MD
Rita Anderson
Dalia and Doug Atchison
Susie Avedikias
Karen Berko-Gibson
Dawn Bower
Breast Time of Life
Terry Bretscher
Summer Bridges
Gwendolyn M. Brown
Michelle Christie
Genevieve Colvin
Taylor Dunham-Bragg
Eric Fein, MD
Yvonne Fernandez
Sam Gabe
Jeff Goldman
Linda Goldman
Erica Glinsky
Cyndy Hartman
Kelly Hendrickson
Susan Kadota
Kelly Kay
Inbal Lessner
Lorna Little
Maternal Mental Health Now
Lynda Mayer
Sally McGann
Sharon McMahon
Kanisha Neal
Jill Nighswonger
Virginia Orozco
Rebeca Pacheco  
Christina Page-Finley
Arissa Palmer 
Sharlena Pina
Barbara Plowden 
Tamiko Pratts
Tanya Reyes
Erin Riley
Yolanda Salomon-Lopez
Lelia Scheu
Ani Simonoff
Ibtisam Sirhan
Patricia Spier
Keisha Sougli-Bennett
Mary Beth Sweet
Coralyn Andres Taylor
Willow Voyheo
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