SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 11, 2018) – The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC) will host its 10th annual Liquid Gold Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma. Benefiting the mothers, infants, and families of San Diego County, the dinner and auction serves as the organization’s primary fundraiser for the year.
SDCBC is the central resource of breastfeeding news and information in San Diego County. The organization coordinates with health care professionals in hospitals, community health centers, medical offices, and county health departments, businesses and human resource departments, school districts, child care centers, and other organizations and individuals supporting breastfeeding families. Through educational materials, conferences and trainings, and outreach efforts, SDCBC will coordinate any breastfeeding needs within the county.
“We aim to normalize breastfeeding across the county through all avenues possible,” noted Kim Speckhahn, President, SDCBC. Proceeds from the Liquid Gold Gala enable the coalition to continue its mission and fund educational activities and resources that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
The coalition raised $13,000 during its 2017 gala, and this year the SDCBC hopes to raise over $15,000 to fund more scholarships for Certified Lactation Educator Counselors and Lactation Consultants, fund an Administrative Coordinator, distribute Breastfeeding Resource Guides across the county in English and Spanish, continue providing education courses for health care professionals, and develop resources to connect breastfeeding mothers to the support they need. The SDCBC donates breast pumps to community organizations in need and supports the Breastfeeding-Friendly San Diego program in training 30 child care sites become breastfeeding friendly, among a long list of achievements.
This evening of fundraising is also a time to honor award winners of the Breastfeeding Champion of the Year, an individual who has affected change on a political or societal scale, the Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Award, Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Awards, and the IBCLC Lactation Consultant of the Year. Two Lactation Consultants and one honoree of the CLE scholarship in partnership with UC San Diego will also be recognized.
“Breastfeeding friendly employers lead to happy moms and happy babies, and enormous health care savings,” said Speckhahn. “Aside from being the right thing to do, it’s the law.”
To learn more about SDCBC and get involved, please visit https://www.breastfeeding.org/ and call 1-800-371-MILK for lactation questions and guidance.
About San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC)
Driven by the mission to promote and support breastfeeding in the community, SDCBC aims to support approximately 40,000 babies born in San Diego County every year. With close to 70% of infants losing out on breast milk after six months of age, SDCBC was formed to promote the benefits of longer term breastfeeding for infants, mothers, families, and society at large. The organization was formed in 1994 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) association combined of private and public organizations and individuals, increasing education and support for breastfeeding.
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