Creating a Breastfeeding-Friendly Childcare

Early last summer, my then 8-month-old baby and I had a chance to participate in the filming of a series of breastfeeding-friendly childcare training videos produced by UC San Diego. I’m glad the videos are now up on UCSD’s website as a training tool for childcare providers! https://ucsdcommunityhealth. org/work/breastfeeding/child- care/training/ It says it takes a


On-Site Breastfeeding Support Group for Employees Helps Moms Find Balance

Lactation consultant at one of the MilQ Support Groups What started as an email to coworkers asking for a missing piece to a pump, grew into a breastfeeding support group that brings lactation professionals on-site; a network of current, future, and veteran breastfeeding women; and easy access to emergency supplies. Members of the


Overcoming language barriers in lactation service

Heidi Burke-Pevney, IBCLC, providing in-home lactation consult services Recently I had a privilege to work with Heidi Burke-Pevney, a friend of mine and the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition’s IBCLC of 2018. It all happened in late April, when a Chinese-speaking mother struggling with breastfeeding and trying to seek professional help. First, she


Normalize Breastfeeding in our Community

I have a story about persistence. In 2013, a self-describe “largest Chinese-language newspaper serving North America” published a controversial article. Titled “Breastfeeding photos embarrass Chinese-American to death,” the piece cited anonymous resources, labeled breastfeeding photos as “R-rated-photos,” described breastfeeding images as “disturbing” and “disgusting.” At that time, I just returned to work after a 3-month-long


The Voice of Breastfeeding Community Needs to be Heard

With my colleagues at Asian Breastfeeding Task Force, I had a chance to present at the 14th Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina a while ago. At the conference, we presented on a panel entitled “Normalizing breastfeeding in Asian communities.” The focus of our presentation was on sharing the history and


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