SDCBC Breastfeeding Blog

with Guest Blogger To-wen Tseng

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

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | May 14, 2022

Top May 2022 Headlines: Infant Formula Shortage Resources, Protections for Working Mothers, New Trainings, and more.

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It Is Not Kindness For Employers To Support Breastfeeding Parents At Work; It’s The Law.

By To-wen Tseng | May 14, 2022

May is my favorite month. It’s warm, but not too warm. The Lilacs and lilies of the valley bloom. Both Mother’s Day and Chinese Breastfeeding Awareness Day (which is May 20th) are in this month. It’s also AAPI Heritage month. This May, I was lucky enough to tell my breastfeeding story with a video produced by StoryCenter in collaboration…

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

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | April 14, 2022

News and views on breastfeeding, human milk, and all things lactation education April 2022 News Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support Blueprint Webinar Series Applications Open: NACCHO’s Subject Matter Expert Advisory Workgroups ROSE Breastfeeding Summit Georgia Lactation Consultants Victorious Over Unconstitutional Licensing Law AAP National Conference Now Accepting Breastfeeding Abstracts! Breastfeeding Advocates Recognize Georgia Pediatricians…

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Lactation is Maternal Health. Let’s Support Black Lactating Mothers this Black Maternal Health Week.

By To-wen Tseng | April 14, 2022

April 11th marked the first day of Black Maternal Health Week this year. I think it is a great time to talk about how lactation is a crucial part of maternal health. Breastfeeding can reduce a mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and all these conditions affect black women at…

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Congratulations to our Spring 2022 Lactation Scholarship Awardees

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | April 6, 2022

In partnership with UCSD Extension’s Global Lactation Alliance Program, SDCBC offers scholarships for community leaders who are pursuing LEC or IBCLC education in order to increase lactation support in underserved communities. Each year the Coalition will announce several scholarship opportunities and select individuals vividly exhibiting a passion to serve San Diego families. Meet Reese Shasha I…

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Lactation Apps

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | March 29, 2022

Some of these are free and have been recommended or suggested by lactation professionals.  *Baby Connect *($4.99) Tracks everything related to baby: diapers, feeding,growth, meds, sleep, and vaccines; caregivers can log in too; everybody canbe synched together    *Baby Feeding Log* <https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/baby-feeding-log/id412360317?mt=8> (free)– allows new parents to record all the basics for nursing, diapers, and sleeping   …

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New Lactation Research Studies posted in LACTNet-24 Mar 2022 to 26 Mar 2022

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | March 29, 2022
Photo of woman cradling a newborn on a white background

Association of Breastfeeding Duration with 12-Month Postpartum Blood Lipids in a Predominately Lower-Income Hispanic Pregnancy Cohort in Los Angeles.  In:  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022 Mar 4;19(5):3008. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19053008.  Authors:  Zhongzheng Niu, Christine H Naya, Lorena Reynaga, Claudia M Toledo-Corral, Mark Johnson, Tingyu Yang, Brendan Grubbs, Nathana Lurvey, Deborah Lerner, Genevieve…

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California’s Maternal and Infant Health Assessment

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | March 29, 2022

The California Department of Public Health has released updated snapshots based on its Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) data. Each year since 1999, the Maternal and Infant Health Assessment, or MIHA, survey has been sent to a small number of women across California who recently had a live birth. MIHA includes questions about a…

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

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | March 15, 2022

News and views on breastfeeding, human milk, and all things lactation education March 2022 News FDA Expands Infant Formula Advisory World Breastfeeding Week 2022 Theme Announced Health Affairs journal released an open access issue on racism and health Funding Opportunity for Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Programs, summarized from HRSA Impact Grants for Black Women-Led and…

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What is Exploitative Marketing of Formula Milk?

By To-wen Tseng | March 15, 2022

One month before giving birth, I received a “gift box” from the formula milk company Enfamil. Inside the box were formula and nipple samples, and a card with my name and parenting support information (which actually leads to an industry-sponsored helpline) on it. I was shocked that the formula company knew that I was going…

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To-wen

To-wen Tseng

To-wen is a Chinese American journalist, author, and breastfeeding activist. For years To-wen has advocated for family-friendly policy and gender equity at the workplace, blogging about breastfeeding as a human right, and speaking out about breastfeeding barriers in Asian-American communities and beyond. She co-founded the Asian American Breastfeeding Taskforce in 2017.

To-wen received the 2018 HealthConnect One Foundation's Birth Equity Leader Academy Community Project Award, and in 2019, she was recognized by US Breastfeeding Committee as the Emerging Leader of the year. This year, an Asian breastfeeding photovoice project she led won 2020 California Breastfeeding Coalition's Golden Nugget Award for "excellence in reducing a key barrier to breastfeeding the social norm."