2019 Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Awards & Capitol Education Day

Join us May 14, 2019 for the Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Awards and for an afternoon Capitol Education day to educate your Legislator about Breastfeeding and Paid Family Leave.

10:00AM to 11:00PM: Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Awards Ceremony

RSVP: https://motherbabyfriendlyawards.eventbrite.com

Senator Wiener, with the California Breastfeeding Coalition, Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition, and Breastfeeding Coalition of Placer County will honor businesses for their exemplary efforts to support lactating employees. They will be joined by legislators from Senate Districts 6, 15, 20, 36, 39, and Assembly Districts 6, 7, 8, 9, 28, 47, 76, 77 to collaboratively present a resolution to each business. Register for a free ticket – see below for details.

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Lunch and Training for the Capitol Education Day

12:30 PM to 4:00 PM: Capitol Education Day

Join fellow California Work & Coalition members, including the California Breastfeeding Coalition, Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition, Breastfeeding Coalition of Placer County, California WIC Assocaition and Legal Aid at Work to educate legislators about the importance of supporting lactating parents in the workplace and having access to Paid Family Leave!

Click here to register for Capitol Education Day.

BIG Day for Breastfeeding

AB 752 in the House
Assembly member Jesse Gabriel, 45th District speaking

April 22nd, 2019 was a BIG day for breastfeeding at the State Capitol: AB 752 in the House, SB 142 in the Senate, and a budget request for $7 million more to cover breast pump coverage for the MediCal reimbursement rate. (The increase in reimbursement rate will help WIC save on program costs by having Medi-Cal be the primary provider of personal grade electric breast pumps.)

* AB 752 Unanimous pass at Transportation Committee
* SB 142 Vote 7 to 2 in favor Housing Committee
* Karen Farley’s 7 million request for additional breast pump coverage for WIC moms – still in budget committee

Brandi Gates, IBCLC Workshop at Gathering for Glory conference – April 25, 2019

The Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition’s Subcommittee on African American Breastfeeding has arranged for Brandi Gates, IBCLC to provide a workshop at the upcoming Gathering for Glory conference, taking place Thursday, April 25th at the South Sacramento Christian Center. Gathering for Glory “seeks to bridge the wisdom, perspectives and experiences from the faith-based community with those of advocacy groups, stakeholders and services providers, as well as our Black Child Legacy Campaign communities, to reduce African American child deaths in Sacramento County.”
Brandi’s talk is entitled “African American Breastfeeding: Reclaiming OUR History, Heritage and Health”. She will be discussing how breastfeeding is a part of African American culture, yet has been undermined in the African American community, leading to health disparities. She will also help attendees identify strategic ways individuals, faith-based and community organizations, and hospitals can advocate, educate and support African American breastfeeding women and their families. 

Brandi is an engaging, approachable and powerful speaker, and we are honored to have her speak at this local event, where individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds will be present, all with the singular goal of reducing African American child deaths in Sacramento. Please share the link below and encourage your friends and colleagues to attend.

You can find details and register for this FREE event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glory-giving-love-to-our-rising-youth-2019-tickets-57247837824?fbclid=IwAR1nCBxrYVjOvKbdO6Lf2Ch86XdddMSnSg2Ns1MM1skM0J9FSbbyzlpumWw

-SBC Subcommittee on African American Breastfeeding

2018 SBC Holiday Greetings

Dear Breastfeeding and Health Advocates,

As 2018 comes to an end, The Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition takes a moment to look back our achievements and express our gratitude for your support and participation in making this year so successful:

· Along with the California Breastfeeding Coalition, SBC hosted the 2018 Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace Awards at the State Capitol recognizing local employers for their leadership to support mothers who return back to the workplace.

· SBC hosted the Sacramento County Fair Mommy Lounge that provided a quiet space for over 70 mothers to nurse their babies and have a respite from the busy fair activities

· During Black Breastfeeding Week, our African American Breastfeeding Sub-Committee presented Nourishing the Sacramento Community Family through Diversity, Education and Collaboration at Sierra Health Foundation with over 70 healthcare professionals and community advocates in attendance

· Our Fall Strategic Planning Meeting, facilitated by Dr. Jane Heinig, Director of the UCD Human Lactation Center, helped us to clarify our goals for the next 4 years and prioritize the measures we will undertake to help us attain these goals

· In conjunction with neighboring coalitions we hosted the 7th Annual Holiday Human Milk Drive benefiting the Mother’s Milk Bank of San Jose. This Regional Milk bank provides precious “Liquid Gold” to NICU’s through California and 13 neighboring states. To date we collected over 7000 ounces of human milk, from a total of 20 area donors.

As we look ahead to 2019, our continued success depends upon your sustained support. With that in mind, please consider making an end-of-year donation to our cause. Please note that all donations are tax-deductible. Donate at: http://www.sacbreastfeeding.org/donate/

Wrap up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3308334 and AmazonSmile donates to our Coalition (note: listed as “Breast Feeding Coalition of Sacramento”).

Lastly I extend a heartfelt thank you to our current Board members and subcommittee chairs for all their dedication of time and talent, including VP and Membership Coordinator Debbie Albert; Treasurer Laura Osborne; Secretary Lisa Mathews; Media Coordinator Jewel Mohr; Political Liaison Heather Conway; Health Care Liaisons Jennifer Pettus and Samantha Slaughter; Community Partnership Coordinators Felicia Byrd and Mallory Engel; African American Sub-Committee current Chair Jackie-Ansley Washington and former Co-chair, Felicia Byrd; and Subcommittee Acting Secretary Amalia Saavedra . The New Year brings an opportunity for others to consider taking on leadership positions in our coalition. We will provide more information on our upcoming Board elections in January 2019.

Until then, please have a wonderful and memorable holiday season with your loved ones.

Jeannette Newman-Velez RD, MPH, IBCLC
Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition President 2014-2018
[email protected]

Invitation to Subcommittee on African American Breastfeeding Meeting

Interested in becoming involved with the Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition (SBC) Subcommittee on African American Breastfeeding?

We ask members of the community who would like to share their experiences, challenges, and/or recommendations while breastfeeding to join us in conversation.

Join us on November 6, 2018 @ 11AM-12:30PM.

Please RSVP by 11/02/18https://sbcsubcommitteenovembermeeting.eventbrite.com

Location: Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative
4625 44th Street, Room 11
Sacramento CA 95820

The November meeting is being hosted by Her Health First.

6th Annual Breastmilk Donation Drive 2017

6th Annual Breastmilk Donation Drive

The Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Placer County, the Yolo County Breastfeeding Coalition, and other partners joined together making the 6th annual Holiday Breastmilk Drive a big success!

All donations went to the Mothers’ Milk Bank of San Jose.

Breast milk donation fulfills an important role in keeping babies healthy and thriving. The Mothers’ Milk Bank distributes the milk directly to the families and infants that need it the most! By making the decision to donate your breast milk, you can save a life.

Donating your breast milk is easy.

How to Become a Donor:

  • Contact the San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank to complete a simple phone screening, health questionnaire, and blood test!
  • Once approved, you can donate your milk anytime to the milk bank or bring your milk to the 7th annual breastmilk drive in December 2018!

To Complete a Pre-Screening: Contact the San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank to become an approved donor by visiting their website or by calling (877) 375-6645

OR contact Midtown Lactation Consultants (MiLC), as they can assist with local screenings and serve as a local milk depot throughout the year.

Protect Babies by Breastfeeding ~ 2017 Fall Conference

RSVP! Mark Your Calendar!

  • 2017 Fall Conference ~ Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    Reducing African American Infant Mortality Through Breastfeeding ~ A Cultural Legacy and Perspective

Click here to Protect Babies by Breastfeeding! 

See calendar for event details!


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