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Breastfeeding and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Milk, Tears, and Hope

While many women experience mood changes during or after the birth of a child, 15 to 20 percent of women experience significant symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety. This World Breastfeeding Week, UCSD and SDCBC mini-seminar discussed how to treat a women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and help her with her

2017-08-15T12:00:31+00:00

Why Donate Your Breast Milk?

Breastfeeding mothers, have you ever thought about becoming a human milk donor? Maybe you are producing more milk than your baby can eat and you feel responsible for what you have. Maybe you want to help vulnerable infants around the country. Either way, being a human milk donor is a deeply rewarding experience. When thinking

2017-07-29T10:41:47+00:00

“Milk & Marijuana: First Do No Harm”

When California voters approved Proposition 64 and legalize marijuana last year, the basic idea was simple: a majority of people in the state believe that adults should be able to consume marijuana if they feel like it, just like a glass of wine at 5 o’clock. But how about pregnant and/or breastfeeding women? Shall we tell mothers not to breastfeed if they use marijuana? According to Dr. Lisa Stellwagen (MD, FAAP) of UCSD Medical Center, it’s complicated.

2017-07-18T11:42:52+00:00

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Practices: Challenges and Strategies, by To-wen Tseng

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Practices: Challenges and Strategies There has been lots of discussion about Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global initiative of WHO and UNICEF. How mommy-friendly is the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative? Is the breastmilk-only mandate putting babies in danger? SDCBC’s recent Spring Mini-Seminar focused on this hot topic. Dr. Nancy Wight (MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC),

2017-07-18T12:07:53+00:00

Highlights of California Breastfeeding Summit 2017: Culture, Trauma, and Marijuana, by To-Wen Tseng

Themed “California Dreamin,” this year’s California Breastfeeding Summit took place at Anaheim, CA in January. At a recent San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition’s general meeting, the coalition’s Kim Speckhahn (BS, IBCLC), Kimberly Elkins (EdM, IBCLC) and Dr. James Murphy (MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP) shared what they took home from the Summit.

2017-07-18T12:09:17+00:00

Partners in Narrowing Breastfeeding Support Gaps in Communities, by To-wen Tseng

Once again, it’s a new year with new hope and new challenge. While many of lactation consultants in San Diego County are continue to support breastfeeding families, it is very helpful to learn about the “RBLs”—Regional Breastfeeding Liaisons—at WIC. Having that in mind, San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition invited four local RBLs to talk about

2017-07-18T12:11:11+00:00