2023 National Breastfeeding Month

Weekly Observances

Week 1 (August 1-7): World Breastfeeding Week

     Theme: Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents

Week 2 (August 8-14): Indigenous Milk Medicine Week

     Theme: From the Stars to a Sustainable Future

Week 3 (August 15-21): Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week

     Theme: Telling Our Stories, Elevating Our Voices!

​Week 4 (August 25-31): Black Breastfeeding Week

     Theme: We Outside!: Celebrating Connection & Our Communities

New Week 5 (September 5-11): Semana de La Lactancia Latina 

      Theme: to be announced...


Kicking off World Breast Feeding week and National Breastfeeding Month!

Did You Know?

  • Milk is already being made in the breast/chest at 16 weeks of pregnancy

  • Studies show breastfeeding or chest feeding reduces risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by ~50% at all ages throughout infancy

  • As babies get older and more skilled at breastfeeding, they may take about 5–10 minutes on each side

  • Babies not fed human milk may have more gas and firmer bowel movements than those who are.

Pump ACT explained

The PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act (“PUMP Act”) is a new law that makes several important changes to the Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, which has required since 2010 that employers nationwide provide reasonable break time and a private, non-bathroom space for lactating employees to pump milk during the workday. The 2022 PUMP Act was passed to close some of the loopholes in the original 2010 law. 

Click here to read more

California has it's own lactation protection laws- you can see them all here

The Baby Cafe's team is planning a Breastfeeding Flash Mob event on August 2 for World Breastfeeding Week. Their goal is to promote and de-stigmatize breastfeeding in public.


From The Baby Cafe's Team: "We will be meeting for the flash mob at 9:30am at Lake Ralphine Trailhead in Howarth Park (Santa Rosa). We will have some goody giveaways and hope to have a large group of breastfeeding dyads come out. The Walking Baby Cafe starts that day at 10am, so whoever wants to walk can walk and whoever wants to stay and visit can do that."

See Below for Educational Offerings This Month

Hosted by National WIC Association

Date: August 1, 2023

Time: 11 a.m. to noon Pacific

Register here

August is National Breastfeeding Month!

Celebrate with NWA by RSVPing for our Live Panel Discussion. Join us on August 1, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET for a live-streamed discussion featuring the voices of a diverse panel of breastfeeding experts.

Facilitated by Tecpaxochitl, Indigenous MPH, IBCLC

Date: August 5, 2023

Time: 1 p.m. Pacific, via Zoom

*This is a $20 minimum donation offering to fundraise for our event.

For access to the Zoom link, please email [email protected].

In this 45 minute workshop with 15 minute Q&A we’ll:

  • explore the impacts of the environment on milk expression
  • explore aromas, scents & relaxation techniques for milk expression
  • learn various techniques for yielding more milk

The Nooni Project is a project designed by PhD student Angie Sanchez and funded by a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Nooni is the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) word for "She/he suckles at the breast." Reclaiming breastfeeding as ceremony, as tradition in Indigenous communities is a method of healing ourselves and our children from hundreds of years of colonization and attempted genocide.

Tune into this informative webinar recording featuring Mary Lankford, RN, PHN, CLE, Public Health Nurse for the San Diego County Black Infant Health (BIH) Program. Click on image to register.

Breast/Chest Feeding Support

Please let your clients know to join us every Thursday, 10:30 am in our downtown office for support and community.

Hágales saber a sus clientes que se unan a nosotros todos los jueves, 10:30 am en nuestra oficina del centro para recibir apoyo y comunidad.

Support group meet every Wed from 2:30-4:00pm

Hover your phone over QR code above or register here

Last and certainly not least please refer your clients to Sarah Hollister's channel "Breastfeeding with Sarah" on YouTube. She is a registered nurse and IBCLC working at The Gravenstein Health Clinic providing amazing support for her West County clients.

Have a lovely month!

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