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  • California Department of Public Health

    New In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data has been released!!

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Research

LA Convention Center – Breastfeeding Friendly!

BreastfeedLA is thrilled to share the amazing news that the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is Breastfeeding Friendly!  We spoke to Carisa Malanum, CMP, Vice President... Read More

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    Read the 2014 LA County Breastfeeding Summit Report Here

Breastfeeding School Report and Laws for School Districts

The ACLU of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), BreastfeedLA (The Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles) and the California Women’s Law Center released a report... Read more

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  • Fundraiser Event

    Join us for Wine on the Green benefiting BreastfeedLA at Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room, June 26, 2016.

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    Looking for a job in the lactation field or looking to hire a lactation professional?  Check out BreastfeedLA's Job Corner.

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Upcoming Events

Jun
26
Sun
Wine on the Green with BreastfeedLA @ Malibu Family Wines at Angeles National Tasting Room
Jun 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Join BreastfeedLA at Malibu Family Wines!

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Spend a leisurely evening chatting, sipping wine, listening to live music and taking in the views at Angeles National Golf Club. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. The best part? Proceeds go to benefit BreastfeedLA.

Featuring:

wine tasting!

hors d’oeuvres!

live music!

silent auction!

optional dinner!

Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room at Angeles National Golf Club is an oasis nestled on the edge of the Angeles National Forest directly off the 210 freeway.

With fantastic mountain and golf course views along with perfect Southern California weather, this tasting room also features Semler and Saddlerock wines.

Located next to the Agave Bar and Grill, Malibu Family Wines works closely with the restaurant to create perfect food and wine pairings for your enjoyment. Come in and enjoy some of Agave’s delicious dishes, and remember no outside food allowed.

Step on up to the bar to enjoy a wine flight, a glass of wine, or even a bottle to take out onto the veranda or courtyard to enjoy while soaking in the gorgeous scenery.

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Jun
30
Thu
Ending Breastfeeding Disparities in African American Communities @ Centinela Hospital Medical Center
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Ending Breastfeeding Disparities in African American Communities

Thursday, June 30, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Centinela Hospital Medical Center

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Faculty:

Sherry Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC has a bachelors of nursing and a masters in nursing education from Research College of Nursing in Kansas City, MO. She is a midwifery student and is pursuing doctoral studies in nursing education with Walden University. She is a lactation consultant and a certified nurse educator. Upon completion of her midwifery studies, she plans to open an urban prenatal clinic and birth center.

Ms. Payne founded Uzazi Village, a nonprofit dedicated to decreasing health disparities in the urban core. She owns Perinatal ReSource an education, training and consulting firm. She is an editor for Clinical Lactation Journal, and sits on the board of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC). She presents nationally on perinatal and nursing education issues. Her career goals include increasing the number of midwives of color and improving lactation rates in the African American community through published investigative research and application of evidence based clinical practice and innovation in healthcare delivery models.

 

Kimberly Durdin, IBCLC, SMW is a Los Angeles based IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Doula, Childbirth Educator and Student Midwife. She received her calling to support birthing and breastfeeding families shortly after having her first child. Kimberly’s experience grew year by year, supporting families as a La Leche League Leader and Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the WIC program in Brooklyn, NY over 23 years ago.

She soon learned about doulas, and teamed up with Brooklyn Doula Service providing post-partum doula care to families throughout Brooklyn. Upon relocating to the Washington D.C. metro area, Kimberly earned her IBCLC credential. Shortly after receiving her certification, she joined the BLESS Project (Breastfeeding Lactation Education Support Services) at historic Howard University Hospital in creating their first ever lactation clinic providing 24 hour lactation services free of charge for HUH families. Before leaving D.C., Kimberly was named one of the Top Lactation Consultants in the area by Washington Families Magazine. Kimberly worked as a LC for the Watts Healthcare Corporation 5 site WIC Program after moving to Los Angeles, where she trained staff, oversaw breastfeeding peer counselors, and provided one on one LC care for families throughout South LA. In 2009, She joined the groundbreaking company The Sanctuary Birth & Family Wellness Center, and acted as the Director of Lactation Services and created The Sanctuary New Moms Group, a popular and powerful community space for new mothers that she has lead weekly, as well as conducting childbirth education curriculum for out of hospital birthing families. She taught this class twice a week as well as a program for hospital birthing families she created entitled Enhanced Pregnancy. She has been an LC for twelve years and has begun teaching a 45-hour Lactation Consultant Exam Prep Course, as well as mentoring IBCLC candidates. Kimberly recently stepped out on her own, attending births as a Student Midwife and Doula, expanding her role as a birth and breastfeeding advocate, speaker and organizer. She has recently signed on to be the “Expecting and New Parent Expert” at WellBaby Center which hosts her weekly Mom’s support group The Mama Tent.

Program Description

We have known about racial disparities in breastfeeding rates for decades. Barriers to breastfeeding among African Americans are many and complex. If you are working in healthcare, you need to understand these barriers and how to break them down. Our speakers at this one-day seminar will take us through the history and research as well as outline practical steps to take so that you can be a part of the solution.

Topics include

-What You Don’t Know Hurts Us: Racism, White Privilege, and Breastfeeding Disparities

-Welcoming African American Women into Your Breastfeeding Practice

-The Local Landscape: Improving Birthing and Breastfeeding Practices in Los Angeles

-Breastfeeding in the African-American Community – Grassroots Innovation and Best Practice Models

Program Objectives

Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

– Explain how systemic racism affects breastfeeding among African American families;
– Identify three ways in which your clinical practices can support or discourage breastfeeding success among African American families;
– Discuss two local programs that support a decrease in breastfeeding disparities and what makes them successful; and to
– Explain best practices for creating a peer support program that embraces African American families.

Location and Parking

The seminar is located at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in the IKP Auditorium.

Secured parking is available at the hospital lot across the street or with valet parking at the front entrance to the hospital.  Street parking is permit only.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations received one week prior to the event will be granted subject to a $5 fee. No refunds after this date.

Continuing Education Credits

offered at no additional charge

Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 6 contact hours of continuing education. CPN’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. CERP (5 L) application will be submitted.

CHES: The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. designates Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Health Education Administration (LACDPH/HEA) as a provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education (Provider number MEP 2460). Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) may receive up to 6 Category I CECH for this event.

Registered Dietitians and Occupational Therapists: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate for CPEs for Professional Development Portfolio.

FREE Breastfeeding Support Group in Huntington Beach @ Integrated Birth
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A supportive, non-judgmental group for moms who are breastfeeding (exclusive or mixed or pumping) or want to learn about breastfeeding. Each group will be hosted by a highly qualified lactation professional. Babies are of course welcome! Come and meet other moms, network, and receive support.

Jul
2
Sat
Mothers Talking
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am

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Announcing a new mothers’ support group! Beginning on Saturdays from June 4 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Designed to give mothers and their babies space to come gather with other mothers and talk about the feelings that come with motherhood, what it means, and how it changes our lives and ourselves.

Jul
7
Thu
FREE Breastfeeding Support Group in Huntington Beach @ Integrated Birth
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A supportive, non-judgmental group for moms who are breastfeeding (exclusive or mixed or pumping) or want to learn about breastfeeding. Each group will be hosted by a highly qualified lactation professional. Babies are of course welcome! Come and meet other moms, network, and receive support.

Jul
9
Sat
Mothers Talking
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am

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Announcing a new mothers’ support group! Beginning on Saturdays from June 4 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Designed to give mothers and their babies space to come gather with other mothers and talk about the feelings that come with motherhood, what it means, and how it changes our lives and ourselves.

Jul
14
Thu
FREE Breastfeeding Support Group in Huntington Beach @ Integrated Birth
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A supportive, non-judgmental group for moms who are breastfeeding (exclusive or mixed or pumping) or want to learn about breastfeeding. Each group will be hosted by a highly qualified lactation professional. Babies are of course welcome! Come and meet other moms, network, and receive support.

Jul
16
Sat
Mothers Talking
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am

Click here for more information

Announcing a new mothers’ support group! Beginning on Saturdays from June 4 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Designed to give mothers and their babies space to come gather with other mothers and talk about the feelings that come with motherhood, what it means, and how it changes our lives and ourselves.

Jul
21
Thu
FREE Breastfeeding Support Group in Huntington Beach @ Integrated Birth
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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A supportive, non-judgmental group for moms who are breastfeeding (exclusive or mixed or pumping) or want to learn about breastfeeding. Each group will be hosted by a highly qualified lactation professional. Babies are of course welcome! Come and meet other moms, network, and receive support.

Jul
23
Sat
Mothers Talking
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am

Click here for more information

Announcing a new mothers’ support group! Beginning on Saturdays from June 4 at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Designed to give mothers and their babies space to come gather with other mothers and talk about the feelings that come with motherhood, what it means, and how it changes our lives and ourselves.

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