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May 2021 NEWSLETTER

CATCH UP ON THE LATEST BREASTFEEDING NEWS & VIEWS
Including upcoming webinars, services, Mother's Day campaign, and advocacy alerts!
Extending our Mother’s Day Campaign until Sunday May 16th!
It was a chilly night in April and I was in full-blown labor. This was more intense than my first labor and we barely made it to the UCSD Jacob's Medical Center. Our beautiful Lila Jane was born in the early morning hours and she was just perfect! I was so excited to begin my next nursing journey with my second little girl, but I was at the same time, terrified! Was she going to be tongue-tied just like my first? Was I going to have to go through excruciating engorgement, low milk-supply, sadness, frustration and anger? My thoughts were churning
as I was gazing at her sleeping on my chest. I reassured myself. I went through a rough journey with my first, but I did end up getting connected with an amazing IBCLC, Peggy Reynolds. I found her after I attended a support group listed on the SDCBC website. She guided me, her supportive words, knowledge & expertise, lifted me up and helped me achieve my breastfeeding goals with my first daughter. This time, I was determined to succeed again. Peggy was my shoulder to lean on and she helped guide me once again with my little tongue-tied second, Lila. It was rough at first, but we MADE IT!  Thank you Peggy!  
Support the San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition
 
DONATE TODAY! 
Donations help provide quarterly lactation scholarships, advocacy for birth and breastfeeding equity, breastfeeding-friendly workplaces, SDCBC annual resource guide, SDCBC warmline support & building a strong community support network.
SDCBC Warmline is here to help with ANY Breastfeeding or Coalition-related question (clinical, referrals, support & education resources.) This number is for support purposes and is a non-emergency line.
FREE SAN DIEGO AREA SUPPORT GROUPS
If you would like to tell us about a free support group in the San Diego area you manage for facilitate, please email us: sdcbc@breastfeeding.org All lactation support groups are important, but we are especially interested in support groups serving underserved or marginalized communities!
SDCBC 2021 Educational Series Presents
Do you have questions about sleeping with your baby?  Are you a provider that would like to learn the best answers to your client's sleep safety questions?  Then, this is the webinar for you!  Join us, Saturday, May 22 @10 am for a FREE webinar with Dr. James McKenna, the world’s leading authority on mother-infant cosleeping and its relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS.   
REGISTER HERE
2021 American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award
SDCBC founder and current board Treasurer, Nancy Wight, MD, FAAP, was recognized this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Wight was presented the Special Achievement Award for her many years of outstanding service to the breastfeeding community, mothers, and babies. She is a champion for breastfeeding & children in San Diego and nationwide. 
SDCBC Advocacy Corner

ENACT DAY 2021
April 30th 

ENACT Day is an annual advocacy event bringing communities together from across the state to help build a healthy, equitable California. ENACT attendees participate in the policy process, advocate for policy that impacts Californians, and share personal legislative testimonies (stories) to drive change. 

Our own SDCBC President, Angeles Nelson & Secretary, Kiera Schminke

participated in legislative visits along with other talented advocates.We spoke with representatives from the offices of Senator Pat Bates, Senator Gonzalez, & Senator Atkins. The goal of these discussions was to provide educational advocacy and support for SB65 CA Momnibus, AB123 increasing Paid Family Leave program wage replacement, SB17 improving BIPOC health outcomes, & SB464 Food for All. 

California Momnibus Act

(SB 65)
 
Did you know? About 5% of California births are to Black women, but make up 21% of pregnancy-related deaths? The United States is ranked #129 in Maternal Mortality Rate & #174 in Infant Mortality Rate?  We need to address this today! 

SB 65 addresses maternal mortality and differences in pregnancy & birth outcomes and aims to reduce the disproportionate health disparities that Black and Indigenous birthing people and babies face in California.  This bill is set to be heard in the Senate this Monday! View the joint statement of support letter here.  We need our voices to be heard by policymakers. Sign the petition to voice your support TODAY!
Remember the Pump Act?!  Well, it needs your support!  This legislation will ensure that ALL lactating employees are covered by the Break Time law & create a clear mechanism for holding employers accountable when they do not comply. 

Tell Congress to support breastfeeding and working mothers. 
You can act by sending a petition to your Congressman today. Sign the petition at Mom'sRising.org or the US Breastfeeding Committee and let your voice be heard. 
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month
SDCBC is focused on raising awareness for perinatal mental health so women and families can share their experiences and stories without stigma or shame. We believe all moms, babies and families deserve to be happy.

Up to 1 in 5 women face pregnancy-related or postpartum depression, anxiety or other maternal mental health disorders — and it can affect the entire family.
An emotionally healthy mom is better able to establish a strong relationship with her baby, which fosters healthy infant development and family bonds.

In Her Words: Essence Talks About Depression

Click the images below to learn more and access mental health resources and support

If you are thinking about hurting yourself or your baby, please get help right away.

Call a suicide hotline (free) San Diego: 1-888-724-7240 / National: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

Go to a hospital emergency room or call 911 / Call your obstetrician or primary care provider / If you have a mental health provider, call their emergency number

NEW ABM  AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP 

It takes a village to support a successful breastfeeding journey. The Academy is delighted to engage health care team members with a new affiliate membership category open to non-physician healthcare providers (NP, RN, PA, IBCLC, RD, SLP, CNM, and other healthcare professionals) who promote, protect, and support breastfeeding families.

APPLY ONLINE
USBC National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening

Registration is now open for the USBC National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC)! This year, NBCC will be held virtually on June 9th-11th, 2021 @12 – 5pm ET/9am - 2pm PTThe theme for this year's convening is Ready for Anything: Rising & Thriving Breastfeeding Communities in the Face of Uncertainty. Check out the agenda, featuring plenary speakers and a play-by-play for the conference. 

Register Here
HOT OFF THE PRESS! THE LATEST RESEARCH

ABM New Position Statement: Ankyloglossia in Breastfeeding Dyads


Recently, there has been increased interest in ankyloglossia or tongue-tie and in response to this situation, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine gathered a task force of experts—clinicians who have worked extensively in this area— to provide a position statement to summarize the available evidence regarding tongue-tie. It is the hope that all who assist breastfeeding mothers and their infants become familiar with this document as to achieve collaborative consistency and care.
Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown on Exclusive Breastfeeding in Non-Infected Mothers
The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges in providing newborn nutrition and care, including maternal support, breastfeeding and family participatory care. Italy was the first country to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in Europe. This study examined the impact of the lockdown caused by COVID-19 pandemic on exclusive breastfeeding in non-infected mothers. Unfortunately, the results of the study illustrated that lockdown and home confinement led to a decrease of exclusively breastfeeding. SDCBC is committed to strengthening breastfeeding community support networks during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
This month we celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community! The history and achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) across our Nation are important and we stand with the AANHPI community to stop Asian Hate.

SDCBC would like to highlight the contributions of AAANHPI community globally, nationally, and also here in our local community.  We would like to take a moment to recognize the work of BreastfeedLA's API Taskforce and their photo video project. This project is a grassroots effort to raise awareness about breastfeeding disparities and what can be done to address it.
View the API Taskforce Photovoice Video Project
GUEST BLOG: TO-WEN TSENG
(Journalist, Author, & Breastfeeding Activist)
Whenever I write about "breastfeeding saves lives,” I always get some reader comments like this: “Only babies in underdeveloped countries would die from diseases that could be prevented by breastfeeding. Babies in developed countries would thrive with whatever milk they get.”

Sounds about right. Indeed, when a country’s economy takes off and people’s income increases, the benefits of breastfeeding seem to be less significant—in developed countries people have access to clean drinking-water, and everyone can afford infant formula. Formula feeding seems to be very safe in these countries, where babies have little chance to die from polluted drinking-water or diluted formula milk. Also, an increased number of mothers may work outside of the home, which makes formula feeding a more convenient option.

Brazil is an example. As the country experienced economic growth, it also saw a dramatic decline in breastfeeding rates. Only 5% of 6-month-old infants were being exclusively breastfed in 1986. While these rates have increased, to this day there are fewer than half of infants being exclusively breastfed for 6 months in Brazil.

 
However, the latest research published in this month’s Pediatrics shows that the benefit of breastfeeding is much more than making sure that the baby "won't die." This analysis controlled for many confounders that are not usually considered, including child care attendance, presence of the father at home, household food insecurity, inter-parental conflict, and maternal depression. Even when adjusting for these and additional confounders, the association of breastfeeding with positive physical and developmental outcomes remain—breastfeeding was still associated with increased height of age, decreased physical stunting, and increases in overall child development. 

It is unarguable that it’s still important to promote and protect breastfeeding in developed countries. In undeveloped countries, breastfeeding makes the difference between life and death. In advanced countries, breastfeeding makes the difference between thriving and surviving.

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. 
From, 

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors

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