Seminars 2019-10-08T20:25:54-07:00

Educational Seminars

The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC) was originally started in response to the lack of proper lactation education for healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, midwives, pediatric dentists, etc. This lack of education results in very poor support and promotion of the documented benefits of breastfeeding–the healthiest start for a baby. For over 25 years, it has been the SDCBC’s vision that all healthcare professionals in San Diego County will be knowledgeable about, promote, and provide support for breastfeeding. Hosting multiple seminars every year is one of the ways we can ensure all healthcare professionals have the opportunity to receive current, accurate, scientifically valid and culturally sensitive information. 

Upcoming Seminars

James J“Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant cosleeping in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In recognition of his work in 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow into the select body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s most prestigious scientific society. That same year and in recognition of his extensive work with television, radio, and print media he received from the American Anthropological Association the “2008 Anthropology In The Media Award” one of the top three awards presented to anthropologists by the association in recognition of his distinguished work in educating the public to the importance of anthropological concepts.

Professor McKenna has published over 139 refereed scientific articles in diverse medical and anthropological journals on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, evolutionary medicine and SIDS, and both here and abroad. He also regularly gives lectures on over 20 specialized topics relating to cosleeping and breastfeeding especially to pediatric medical professionals and parents. Here in the United States he remains a primary spokesperson to the media on issues pertaining to infant-parental sleeping arrangements, nighttime breastfeeding and SIDS prevention.” Full Speaker Bio | Dr. James McKenna’s vita (PDF)List of Publications

Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:00-3:30 breakfast & lunch included
Scripps Memorial Hospital Schaetzel Center

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Past Seminars

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We all support breastfeeding. The controversy about various aspects of the tongue-tie phenomenon continues, with expansion to “lip-tie” and “tethered oral tissue”. Everyone has something to say, regardless of expertise, regarding infant oral anatomy and the physiology of infant suck. It is very difficult for a Pediatric or Family practitioner to know when to clip, when to refer, and when to wait. Controversies, misconceptions, and confusion abound in the identification and management of ankyloglossia. Hear cutting edge research and expert opinion from, and interact with, expert academic and clinical physicians, an academic dentist, speech therapist & lactation consultant. Come away with a plan to maximize breastfeeding, while dealing with ankyloglossia in a safe, reasonable and informed manner.

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 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, March 25, 2019: “Breastfeeding & The Law: A Right, Not a Privilege!” an educational seminar on Saturday, March 30th , hosted by the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition (SDCBC), will share the latest state and federal legal frameworks around protections for breastfeeding mothers and babies in public, private and workplace settings.

Speakers include Mendy Mattingly, Corporate Counsel, Solar Turbines, Incorporated; Rosana Santana and Mojdeh Ourmazdi, Federal Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division; Ruth Dawson (Policy Counsel) and Aditi Fruitwala (Staff Attorney), ACLU of Southern California; and Kjirsten Tokushima, Employee Relations, Qualcomm Inc. A discussion panel will also include information on lactation accommodations in schools and universities, TSA regulations, jury duty as well as provide ample opportunity for Q & A.

“Not only is there a gap in knowledge of breastfeeding protections in the workplace, it is not common knowledge that a woman may legally breastfeed her child in any place, public or private, except the private home or residence of another, where the mother and child are authorized to be,” says Nancy Saavedra, SDCBC President. “We have received calls for advocacy assistance from breastfeeding mothers experiencing harassment in public settings like restaurants, libraries and pools. Not a week goes by on social media, when a mother posts that she has been asked to cover up, leave the premises, or stop breastfeeding.” UCSD’s Jacob’s campus is the site of the event, held in the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Building, at 9452 Medical Center Dr., La Jolla, CA, 92037.

Video Recording (members only)
Breastfeeding and the Law Update: 2019 by Mendy Mattingly
My baby is not breastfeeding well. Is he tongue-tied? by Nancy White & Erin Walsh
Breastfeeding– It’s Not Only a Right, It’s Smart Business by Kjirsten Tokushima
My Child Has No Teeth: Why is the Dentist Involved? By Elise W Sarvas
Lactation Justice in Jails: A Coalition Approach by Ruth Dawson
The Impact of Tongue Tie on Breastfeeding Mechanics By Bobby Ghaheri
Breastfeeding + The Law by Aditi Fruitwala and Ruth Dawson
What is Tongue Tie? Defining the Anatomy of the Lingual Frenulum By Nikki Mills

Dr Nils Bergman calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis.

He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a research affiliate of the South African Medical Research Council.

Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year.

He enjoys sharing the wildlife of Africa with his wife and three youngsters.

For more information visit

Neuroscience of Birth and the case for ZERO SEPARATION
SKIN TO SKIN CONTACT current evidence and future directions
Neurologically Supportive Labour Ward and NICU Environments
The vital importance of SLEEP-FEED cycling in neurodevelopment
The vital importance of SLEEP-FEED cycling in neurodevelopment