SDCBC Breastfeeding Blog

with Guest Blogger To-wen Tseng

Join our Board of Directors

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | November 18, 2021

Join our Board and Make an Impact! The San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition is currently looking for candidates who reflect the full diversity of the communities that we serve to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors for 2022. Our current Board of Directors is comprised of a passionate, diverse group of individuals from various…

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Celebrating Breastfeeding Rights Pioneer, Dr. Nancy Wight MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

By To-wen Tseng | November 15, 2021

I am dedicating this month’s SDCBC blog post to Dr. Nancy Wight, the founding and constant member of the Coalition for the past 27 years. Eight years ago around this time, I sent my first email to SDCBC, asking to become a volunteer with the coalition. I introduced myself as a journalist with 10 years…

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New California Hospital Report on Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | October 21, 2021

The CDC recently released results of a national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care. The survey measured care practices and policies that impact newborn feeding, feeding education, staff skills, and discharge support. We highlighted some key findings from the California Hospitals report. There is some good news with lots of room for…

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Moms Need Even More Support to Breastfeed In the Era of COVID-19

By To-wen Tseng | October 18, 2021
dimly lit portrait of a newborn being held by two people

Last month, TIME magazine published an article that portrayed breastfeeding in an unflattering way. Featuring a new mother struggling to produce breast milk, the article described breastfeeding as an activity that sacrifices a mother’s well-being and blamed COVID-19 for making new moms who seek immune protection to their babies feel even more pressure to breastfeed. As a…

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Three Ways to Support Paid Leave for All

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | October 11, 2021

Paid leave is potentially under threat today! There is pressure to eliminate paid family and medical leave from the Build Back Better Act.  We believe that anyone demanding that we choose between paid leave and other priorities is presenting us with false choices.  The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that…

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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."