SDCBC Breastfeeding Blog

with Guest Blogger To-wen Tseng

CA Releases First Maternal Mortality Surveillance Report

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | September 21, 2021

Maternal mortality is a key indicator of population health. Deaths in pregnancy and postpartum should be rare events, so routine and accurate surveillance of pregnancy-related deaths is an essential public health responsibility. CA-PMSS is a statewide surveillance of deaths among Californians who were pregnant within the prior year. The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH)…

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BreastfeedLA and ACLU SoCal share a helpful lactation rights guide

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | September 14, 2021

We love this quick and easy guide shared by our friends at Breastfeed LA and So Cal ACLU. The guide is part of a comprehensive advocacy toolkit, scheduled to be released by October, said Arissa Palmer, executive director of BreastfeedLA.  In the meantime, this guide is a great resource for Californians who want to better…

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Lactation Practice Within Immigrant Communities

By To-wen Tseng | September 14, 2021

I once knew a woman who breastfeed on a refugee boat for 48 hours and saved her two young children’s lives—yes, saved their lives, not kept them alive. It was during the 1949’s Chinese Civil War, and that was a small boat packed with displaced people. Her fellow refugees were afraid that the kids’ crying…

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Pooling Expressed Milk

By Nancy Wight | September 7, 2021

A recent article in “Motherly” touted a new, unannounced change in breastmilk storage guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). (You can find the AAP information under Frequently Asked Questions under, What are the milk storage guidelines? Evidence suggests mothers can mix warm milk and cold.) Those links direct you to a research study…

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Black Breastfeeding Week is A Celebration of Sisterhood

By San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition | August 31, 2021

BBFW 2021 Chardá Bell, CLEC, CBE, CPE, FSD Perinatal Health & Wellness Consultant Owner, Melanin Milk SD Doula & Lactation Support As a Black mother, doula and lactation birthworker, I look forward to encouraging others to acknowledge groups and/or individuals for the outstanding work to support, promote and protect Black breastfeeding. In 2012, birth…

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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."