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DECEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER


CATCH UP ON THE LATEST BREASTFEEDING NEWS & VIEWS
 
Are you and your family enjoying the holiday season? For us, it is a time to reflect and look back at this past year, thankful for the gratitude of our members. We have lots to look forward to in 2021, including our Virtual Liquid Gold Gala, and our partnership with UCSD to offer two scholarships for the first quarter of the year! More details and the latest breastfeeding news articles below!
Still Shopping for the Holidays?

Online retailer, Amazon, has a great feature that allows YOU to donate a portion of your holiday shopping to a charity of your choice -- including the San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition!

Through a feature called AmazonSmile, 0.5% of all eligible purchases made in the app and online will be donated at no additional cost to you! This is a great opportunity to spread the holiday cheer and give to a great cause!

Sign up for AmazonSmile TODAY!
In partnership with the UC San Diego Extension Lactation Education Program,
the San Diego Country Breastfeeding Coalition is pleased to offer two scholarships for Winter 2021!
View our full scholarship announcement and application below.
SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
BREASTFEEDING NEWS & VIEWS
 
Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women May Opt to Receive the Vaccine

Although no coronavirus vaccine has been studied in these women, many scientists believe the benefits will outweigh any potential risks.
 
Access the article HERE.

Read the full statement from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) regarding access to COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially pregnant and/or breastfeeding health-care workers.
ACOG (American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19

ACOG recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from
pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups. While a conversation with a clinician may be helpful, it should not be required prior to vaccination, as this may cause unnecessary barriers to access.

COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar
to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the
vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.
 
Read the full statement HERE.
CDC COVID-19 Updates

Recommendations COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy and Lactation Updated as of 12/14/20

Read the article HERE.

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Birth and Infant Outcomes following Laboratory-Confirmed SARS-CoV-2
Infection in Pregnancy in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Read the article HERE
Revisiting Barriers to Breastfeeding in the African American Community: A Healthy Equity Perspective

January 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This one-hour engaging webinar will explore maternal and neonatal health disparities for Black Women and discuss breastfeeding trends within the African American Community.

Add a calendar notification and sign up for the webinar HERE.
GUEST BLOG: TO-WEN TSENG
(Journalist, Author, & Breastfeeding Activist)

A Look Back at SDCBC's Activism in 2020

This year may feel different to many of us, but here at San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, we continue to protect, promote and support breastfeeding through education, outreach and advocacy in our community. While we might have to do things a little differently, we are grateful that we are able to carry on with our mission!
 
In 2020 the Coalition:

Continued to provide low-cost, accredited educational opportunities to both healthcare professionals and community members. After hosting our last in-person workshop in February, we did not let the COVID-19 situation stop us! We moved all the seminars to the internet and kicked off a virtual webinar series during World Breastfeeding Week, starting with the 2020 WBW theme “Support Breastfeeding For A Healthier Planet.”

The series featured speakers in various topics including:
● Protect The Environment, Promote Breastfeeding!
● Relactation: What, Why and How?
● COVID-19: Perinatal Breastfeeding Update
● Hypoglycemia: How Sweet It Is!
● Breastfeeding & Perinatal Health Equity
● Human Milk Banking & Research - San Diego Style
 
Continued publishing our monthly newsletter featuring referenced articles, links to research, resources, and breastfeeding news and events from all parts of the world. You can subscribe to the newsletter that is valued by professionals and moms here.

Redesigned our website which hosts a wealth of information on many breastfeeding topics, as well as resources for working mothers, childcare providers and victims of breastfeeding discrimination. Visit our website here.

Continued to produce our Breastfeeding Resource Guide in both English and Spanish. We have distributed more than 1 million guides in the past 25 years, and in this COVID-19 pandemic, we focused on providers that offer virtual consults to make sure that the breastfeeding families in our community can still find lactation support during this hard time.

Provided educator and consultant scholarships in collaboration with the University of California San Diego Extension. We’ve learned that breastfeeding is a vital pandemic response and breastfeeding education is even more important during this period in time. More info about scholarships can be found below.

Supporting child care by purchasing, collecting and distributing cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment for child care providers who continue to help working families during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pandemic or not, San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition have been here, and will always be here for breastfeeding families in our community. We wish you a peaceful holiday season, and let’s hope for a better year ahead!
 
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU, OUR AMAZING MEMBERS!

YOU care about mothers, infants and families. The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC) needs your input!  How can we help YOU? How can we help you support your clients or patients? How do YOU think the SDCBC can best support breastfeeding in San Diego?
 
TAKE OUR SHORT SURVEY
 
Did you JOIN or RENEW your SDCBC MEMBERSHIP for 2021?
We offer different levels of membership with special benefits to thank you for your generous support!

 
SELECT YOUR MEMBERSHIP TYPE:
 
STUDENT / FRIEND MEMBERSHIP
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP
SMALL BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
LARGE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
ALL MEMBERSHIPS SUPPORT:
 
BREASTFEEDING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
ADVOCACY FOR MOTHERS, CHILDREN, & FAMILIES
RESOURCES FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Let’s continue to work together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. As always, please let us know if you have questions or ideas for the Coalition as we continue to adapt during this unique time. 

Happy Holidays,

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors

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