Governor Newsom proposed giving parents six months paid leave

Exciting news for Californian parents—Governor Gavin Newsom announced that he hopes to expand paid family leave to six months in California! Here at San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition, we are happy to start the new year with needed attention given to the dilemma faced by new parents when forced to choose between paycheck and providing


Breastfeed for your baby, as well as for your heart and liver

Talking about the benefits of breastfeeding, we often think of how it keeps our babies healthy, including offering excellent nutrition and stronger immune systems. But two new studies proved that babies aren’t the only ones benefiting: Nursing also appears to provide health benefits for moms. One research found that breastfeeding helps the mother’s heart—that is, beyond


Meet Nicole Trottier

Nicole Trottier, Vice President 1. What does breastfeeding mean to you? Breastfeeding to me goes beyond the mother infant bond, it’s an opportunity to end many disparities and bring equity in health across all socio economic and racially diverse communities. By working to provide support for and promotion of breastfeeding for ALL regardless of race,


Meet Kim Speckhahn

1.  What does breastfeeding mean to you? A better question might be, what doesn't it mean? Really, it means to me many things from being a beautiful and empowering means of nurturing my child to reclaiming a lost birthright and rite of passage of motherhood that has been systematically devalued at great familial and cultural expense. I'm glad


Tips for Breastfeeding Through the Holidays

Breastfeeding through the holidays can be tricky for new moms. We all heard about “holiday weaning,” which means accidentally nursing less often due to traveling, busy holiday schedules, or surrounding by groups of family and friends. And by doing so, moms often inadvertently decrease their milk supply, and maybe even ending the breastfeeding relationship altogether.


How Breastfeeding Supports School Success

Dia Michels, the author of Milk, Money & Madness: The Culture and Politics of Breastfeeding believes that breastfeeding, talking, and touch in infancy all support school success. “In the wild, the day the child weans is the day s/he walks. Childhood and lactation are one-and-the-same,” she wrote. “Everything the young need to know to travel