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April 2021 NEWSLETTER


CATCH UP ON THE LATEST BREASTFEEDING NEWS & VIEWS
Including scholarships, webinars, and a job opportunity with the SDCBC!
The San Diego Country Breastfeeding Coalition is pleased to announce we are looking for a part time (20 hours a week), remote work administrative coordinator. We are seeking an enthusiastic individual with a passion to support, promote and protect breastfeeding through education, outreach, and advocacy in an administrative capacity. Is that you? Click the link below to learn more and apply.
Job Announcement & Application
SDCBC 2021 Educational Series Presents
Electronic Ethics! Avoid Getting Shocked When Texting and Cloud-Based Sharing  
Elizabeth C. Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
 
Saturday April 24, 2021 10-11am   
FREE REGISTRATION
This session will offer real-world, use-them-today suggestions, allowing the IBCLC practitioner and other lactation support providers to ethically and legally use texting, social media and cloud-based document sharing in clinical care.
In partnership with the UC San Diego Extension Lactation Education Program,
the San Diego Country Breastfeeding Coalition is pleased to announce scholarship applications for Spring 2021!
View our full scholarship announcement and application below.
SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS & APPLICATION
April 11-17 is Black Maternal Health Week! 
We unite to “Claim our Power, Resilience, and Liberation!”
#BMHW21 #BlackMamasMatter #BlackMaternalHealthWeek
Join SDCBC in supporting, sharing and advocating for black moms, families, and babies as we celebrate Black Maternal Health Week!

#BMHW21 is a week of education and advocacy around the experiences of Black Mamas. From April 11th through April 17th, through a series of digital and community events, Black Mamas Matter Alliance and partners like the Perinatal Health Equity Foundation & the Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association  will uplift Black-women led entities to focus on the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes while also leaning on Black voices to drive conversation around tangible community-driven policy, programs, and solutions.

We support and celebrate Black mothers!
 
Dismantling systemic racism and strengthening the roots of economic, physical, social, and political opportunity will enable Black families to grow and thrive
Wondering what it’s like to be a participant in the Black Infant Health Program? Angela, a former participant, uses these three words to describe it: Compassion, understanding and honesty. Learn about her #BIH experience in this new SisterStory.
Join other Black San Diego mom's in the local BIH program, sign up today!
Register for the BMHC today!  BMMA has created that space with the BMHC and we center Black Mamas voices and experiences in all activities. This conference is for us, by us!
HOT OFF THE PRESS! THE LATEST RESEARCH

#EveryGenerationMatters: Intergenerational Perceptions of Infant Feeding Information and Communication Among African American Women


African American (AA) women look to their mother and maternal grandmother for parenting information and support; this intergenerational communication may reinforce or hinder breastfeeding practices. Rooted in Black Feminist Thought, this study's objective was to use an asset-based approach to explore infant feeding information shared across at least two generations of AA female family members.

Findings suggest that every generation matters to breastfeeding behaviors in AA families. Family-centered approaches should build on assets within AA families to support them in meeting their feeding goals. When working with AAs, practitioners must be flexible, respectful, supportive, and actively learning about an individual's beliefs and culture, creating space to reframe, without judgment or paternalism.

African American Breastfeeding Peer Support: All Moms Empowered to Nurse


Although breastfeeding is optimal infant nutrition, disparities in breastfeeding persist in the African American population. AMEN (Avondale Moms Empowered to Nurse) launched a Peer-to-Peer support group using WIC supplied peer counseling materials to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration in an under-resourced African American urban community with low breastfeeding rates.

Harnessing strength within the local community, Champion Breastfeeding Moms have successfully hosted many AMEN breastfeeding support groups serving close to 160 participants in under-resourced African American urban neighborhoods, helping more mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.

Vaccinated Mothers Pass COVID Antibodies to Babies In Utero and Through Breastmilk, Early Studies Show


NEW and EMERGING RESEARCH shows pregnant women who receive a coronavirus vaccine not only develop protective antibodies against the virus for themselves but also may pass along immunological protection against the virus to their babies.

Several preliminary studies suggest that women who received an mRNA vaccine such as Moderna or Pfizer during pregnancy had covid-19 antibodies in their umbilical cord blood. One of the studies also detected antibodies in their breastmilk, indicating that at least some immunity could be transferred to babies both before and after birth.

Let's bring mothers out of the bathroom stalls and into the pumping rooms they deserve.

Check out Mom'sRising.org and the #ipumpedhere campaign to support a better workplace for breastfeeding working moms! Share stories, learn more, and sign the petition urging lawmakers to support breastfeeding and working mothers!
GUEST BLOG: TO-WEN TSENG
(Journalist, Author, & Breastfeeding Activist)

Breastfeeding Contributes to the Survival of All

Recently, I was informed by my agent that a book I wrote ten years ago will be reproduced as an e-book and be relaunched. So I did a second proofreading, and recalled that I had written an article covering the 2010 Haiti earthquake:

"...One day, a mother brought her baby, who was less than six months old, to the free clinic. Through an interpreter, she told the doctor that the baby was sick. After the examination, the doctor explained that the baby was not sick, but was malnourished. The mother said sadly that she did not have enough milk. The doctor advised her to eat more beans and she would have milk. The mom cried and said, ‘Beans? But I can't even afford corn!’…"

When I re-read this article ten years later, I was shocked. On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, causing severe damages. In the following days, many humanitarian organizations set up temporary free clinics in tents in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti. In the ruined city, hundreds of severely injured victims who had lost one or some limbs were sent to these free clinics every day. Since the mother and her little baby still had all their limbs and were not severely injured they  attracted very little attention from a reporter, like myself. I did write a few sentences about them, but soon forgot about the whole thing. What happened to them? I do not know.

Now thinking of them, thinking of the mother who couldn't afford beans and her malnourished baby, I tried to remember their appearance. The baby must have been really thin, his limbs must have been especially skinny. He had probably been hungry for such a long time and most likely dehydrated as well. He had been crying for so long, maybe his lips were dry. The formula milk fed to him by the volunteers at the free clinic could probably get him through that day, but definitely not for much longer. How is he now? Was he lucky enough to make it to one year old?

Thinking about this, I could literally hear the sound of my heartbreak and regretted why I didn't pay a little more attention to them at that time. I am so ashamed.

Breastfeeding, not infant formula, is actually the most reliable way of feeding infants and young children in emergencies. At that time, in Port-au-Prince, there was not even clean water. We reporters had to carry bottled water from the United States to Haiti for drinking and daily use. When assignments were completed, we had to bring the empty bottles back to the States for recycling or disposal. Under such conditions, how could anyone safely make a baby bottle? No wonder so many babies survived the cataclysmic earthquake but not its miserable aftermath—more babies actually died from diarrhea.

But, ten years ago, many emergency relief team members lacked such an understanding, let alone we health journalists.

Every baby has the right to survive and to grow up. Breast milk is a human right.

Earlier this month, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) announced the theme of this year's World Breastfeeding Week: Protect breastfeeding—a shared responsibility, with a focus on how breastfeeding contributes to the survival of all. Let’s keep it in mind that breastfeeding saves lives and needs investment at all levels. 

You are not alone.

Did you know ... Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) impact 1 in 5 moms (and 1 in 10 new dads)? Whether you are personally struggling, a concerned love one, or a health professional, we at Postpartum Health Alliance can offer you personalized support and referrals to specialized San Diego professionals. Additionally, the organization hosts a warmline to listen to how you are feeling and provide you with personalized clinical referral. Acess the warmline:  https://postpartumhealthalliance.org/contact-us/

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 Spring!

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors

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