May 2023 News and views on breastfeeding, human milk, and public health

News and views on breastfeeding, human milk, and all things lactation related

May 2023

 March of Dimes
May is Mental Health Awareness Month—and many women experience mental health challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Knowing the difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression is important in order to take care of yourself and those you love. Learn more about both and when to talk to your healthcare provider here. >>

Join us in recognizing and celebrating the invaluable contributions of nurses during National Nurses Month this May. Let’s honor these healthcare heroes for their tireless efforts, unwavering compassion, and crucial role in promoting health and wellness for parents and babies everywhere. Share your gratitude to a nurse by leaving a message to recognize all that they do for moms, babies and families. >>


  • Help Us Spread the Word!!
  • SDCBC is partnering with Global Communities Healthy Start program to expand our free breastfeeding support warmline to multiple languages. We are currently serving clients in English, Spanish, and Tagalog, with more languages being added in the future! 
    • 1-800-371-6455 (MILK)
Please share the flyer and warmline with your clients and community

New Breastfeeding Support Group Map

Finding a FREE breastfeeding support group in your area just got easier. We are excited to launch this interactive map highlighting free groups in San Diego County.

Have a free group you would like added to the map? Please email the details to SDCBC Coordinator, Christina at

2023 National Breastfeeding Month Theme
This August, we’re looking forward to once again coming together as a community to celebrate the amazing benefits of breastfeeding. USBC is excited to announce the theme for this year’s National Breastfeeding Month is This is Our Why

San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation Breast Pump Drive

3rd Annual Breast Milk Drive & Health Fair: All donors must register in advance. For more information email or call 858-249-6455

  • Please join the UC San Diego Health Miracle Marchers (OB, NICU, Newborn, nursing, Milk Bank) on May 20th for the March of Dimes, March for Babies walk. Use this link to join the team or donate. We are working on T-shirts for everyone.
  • Every Step of the Way Through the 1,000 Days” Webinar Series – FINAL WEBINAR
    Demystifying Infant Feeding Data to Strengthen Continuity of Care (CoC)
    June 28, 2023 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET Register HERE
  • EEOC Webinar on How Doulas and Midwives Can Support Clients’ Pregnancy Workplace Protections
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and Women’s Bureau are hosting a webinar titled, “What Your Clients Should Expect From Their Employers When They Are Expecting: Midwives and Doulas,” on May 16, at 2 p.m. ET. This event is the fourth in a series of webinars on workplace protections for pregnant workers and new parents. This session will discuss federal legal protections for workers during pregnancy, after giving birth, and when returning to work, and how midwives, doulas, and other healthcare providers can support their clients’ workplace needs. 
  • Adaptive Parent Project Launches Coloring Book The ABCs of Disability was designed to teach terms surrounding disability. The goal is to raise awareness, acceptance and understanding about disabilities while teaching the alphabet. Paperback & Digital Download Available
  • May Revise Out This Friday
    Governor Newsom will soon unveil his updated 2023-24 California state budget proposal, known as the May Revise, on Friday. This revised proposal will outline the governor’s economic and revenue outlook and his administration’s policy priorities, including changes since the administration’s January budget proposal. The May Revise press event will be livestreamed on the @CAgovernor Twitter page, California Governor Facebook page and the Governor’s YouTube page.  Once the press conference begins, the Department of Finance will post a summary document of the May Revision at


Perspectives & Resources

This Mother’s Day, please join us in spreading the word about the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act by sharing the below graphic with your community! Below are links that you can easily re-share!
Twitter: Here or Here 


  • PHA is excited to announce we are now accepting scholarship applications for the PSI Clinician Training Certificate programs!  As part of our efforts to improve equity and diversity among clinicians who provide care for Perinatal Mood Disorders, we are offering scholarships for the Certificate Trainings offered by PSI.  There are both online and in person options for the various classes so please be sure to use the link below to find more information regarding the options.
  • Community Level Interventions to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Health Disparities. Application deadline: August 9.
  • Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health. Application deadline: May 17.
  • First Nations Development Institute: Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship — 2024. Application deadline: May 17.
  • Global Communities is seeking part-time, on call Lactation Educators to join the US Programs team in the San Diego, CA Office. This work focuses on communities and language groups that experience barriers to lactation support. Please share and direct all interested candidates to the Global Communities Careers website here
  • RFP to Create Your Own Clinical Lactation Training ProgramBreastfeedLA seeks proposals from breastfeeding coalitions, cultural groups, and organizations serving or advocating for breast/chestfeeding dyads passionate about diversifying the lactation workforce. BreastfeedLA will select two organizations to develop a Clinical Lactation Training program to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and other underrepresented students in their lactation education.

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