SDCBC Breastfeeding Blog

with Guest Blogger To-wen Tseng

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* <> (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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Call to Action: Public Comment in Support of Fully Funding SB 65

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | March 3, 2022

SB 65 is on the agenda for the Senate Budget Subcommittee No. 3 hearing TODAY! We are calling on our community of supporters to voice your support for fully funding SB 65, the California Momnibus Act, during the public comment period. How to Call in for Public Comment:  1. Dial: 844-291-6364 / Access Code: 3531283  2. You’ll be placed in a “waiting room” and…

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How the marketing of formula milk influences our decisions on infant feeding

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | February 28, 2022

More than half of parents and pregnant women (51%) surveyed for a new WHO/UNICEF report say they have been targeted with marketing from formula milk companies, much of which is in breach of international standards on infant feeding practices.   The report, How marketing of formula milk influences our decisions on infant feeding, draws on interviews…

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Multilingual Breastfeeding Resources

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | February 24, 2022

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, launched the Ready, Set, Baby website and curriculum in Arabic. The website contains all the content from the English version of the Ready, Set, Baby curriculum and allows expectant parents to choose a self-paced experience to prepare for their breastfeeding journey.…

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No, Green Breast Milk is NOT an Indication that You Have COVID-19

By To-wen Tseng | February 15, 2022

There has been a viral picture going around the Internet of a mother saying that her breast milk turned green when she and her baby tested positive for COVID. So is green breast milk really an indication of COVID? First, a mother’s breast milk has nutrients that are specifically made for her infant. That is especially true…

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Dads, Not Just Moms, Need To Start Shouting For Paid Family Leave

By To-wen Tseng | January 14, 2022
father kissing his son while overlooking an infant in the stroller

In a 2019 piece for Family Values at Work, my husband shared his thoughts about the need for paid family leave for men. Since then, we’ve seen some changes—the Biden administration’s social spending bill, which includes a provision for four weeks of paid family and medical leave—not exactly robust but better than nothing—passed the house narrowly last November.…

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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."