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    New In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data has been released!!

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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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Upcoming Events

California Breastfeeding Summit @ Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm

Save the date for the 7th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit! California Dreamin’: Communities Moving Beyond the Horizon

Special Discounts


A SPECIAL 10% DISCOUNTis available if four or more people are attending from the same agency/organization or community breastfeeding coalition. Email Robbie at with the list of attendees to request the promotional code. Each person can register individually and enter the promotional code at the time of registration.


Students who are currently working towards a Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, professional degree (e.g. DNP, MD, PharmD, and DDS, etc.) or attending an academic program approved for IBCLC can receive a $50 discount. To receive the discount code, please email Robbie Gonzalez-Dow at requesting the discount code and listing where you attend school and the degree you are seeking.


Special discounts are being offered to WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, La Leche League Leaders and Mothers, Nursing Mothers Counsel Counselors, Breastfeeding USA Counselors, and Comprehensive Perinatal Services Educators to attend the Summit. The discounts being offered are: $100 discount for the full summit registration, $50 discount for the two day registration, and $25 discount for the one day registration. Email Robbie at to request the promotional code.


Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room online here or at You may also reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at 714-867-5555 or toll free at 877-999-3223. Be sure to clearly identify the California Breastfeeding Summit when making your reservation to qualify for the special group rate.

Deadline for special group rate is January 6, 2017


Who Should Attend the Summit?

  • Hospital administrators, maternity department managers and nurses
  • Leaders of community-based organizations
  • Public health professionals
  • IBCLCs
  • WIC leaders, breastfeeding peer counselors and other lactation staff
  • Physicians and advanced practice healthcare providers
  • Coalition members
  • La Leche League Leaders and Nursing Mother’s Counsel
RHBC North Meeting
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Staffing Challenges

  • Night Staff
  • Interdepartmental Communication

Discharge Teaching/Risk Reduction for Readmission

BreastfeedLA Steering Committee Meeting
Feb 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Partner Event – Birth Disparities: The Anatomy of Prejudice @ Children's Institute Corporation
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This event is hosted by Julia Underwood and Jessica Diggs


We have invited Jane Elliott, best known for her “Blue/Brown Eye Exercise”, internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer, and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, to hold a workshop that expose prejudice and bigotry as an irrational class system based purely on arbitrary factors. Those attending the presentation will be encouraged to discuss the issues raised as they relate to their own workplace. They will also be encouraged to discuss the materials presented on the handouts, which are designed to help them to identify their own racist statements, behaviors, and attitudes. The second half of the day will include a panel of local, black professionals specializing in maternity care discussing their experiences in Los Angeles. The event will be held February 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Children’s Institute Corporation 2121 West Temple Street, Los Angeles 90026.

*Lunch will be served.

RHBC South Meeting @ Memorial Hospital of Gardena
Feb 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Staffing Challenges

  • Night Staff
  • Interdepartmental Communication

Discharge Teaching/Risk Reduction for Readmission

Partner Event – Life in the Womb and Its Lasting Impact @ Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts
Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Film Screening of IN UTERO by Kathleen Gyllenhaal and a Panel Discussion with  The Filmmaker, The Film Producer and Birth Workers and Birth Psychologists.

A Fundraiser for The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health

Cost: $50 per person. Includes Reception, Film, Discussion and CEUs.


Reception: 5:00-5:30 pm

Film: 5:30 pm-7:15 pm

Panel Discussion and Q and A Session: 7:15 pm -8:15 pm

CEUs Offered

Health & Safety in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Environment @ Dignity Health California Hospital
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us at Dignity Health California Medical Center on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 for a day-long seminar focused on safely supporting new breastfeeding families in the Baby-Friendly Hospital environment.

Transitioning to new processes and procedures to conform to Baby-Friendly guidelines can be a challenge.  With safety as the highest priority, it is possible to incorporate change and support breastfeeding.

Our expert speakers will provide crucial information on the latest research and insights into helping breastfeeding families meet their own goals.

Hospital staff and community lactation care providers will learn to work as a team to provide a safety net for new families along their breastfeeding journey.


Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

  • Describe appropriate, evidence-based protocols for skin-to-skin contact in the hospital setting;
  • Identify infants at risk for breastfeeding problems and recommended strategies to support them;
  • Describe techniques for milk expression and appropriate use of alternate feeding methods and tools; and
  • Identify supportive communication methods and phrases to promote breastfeeding and encourage breastfeeding families to work toward their own breastfeeding goals.

         Earlybird Registration $100 until Feb 14, 2017

General Registration (after 2/14/17) $115


Connie von Kohler, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CPHQ Program Director, Perinatal Outreach Education Miller Children’s and Women’s, Long Beach, CA

Susan Aldana, IBCLC Los Angeles, CA

Denise Parker, IBCLC Los Angeles, CA

Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE Bakersfield, CA

Register Here

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RHBC East Meeting @ Dignity Health California Hospital
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Staffing Challenges

  • Night Staff
  • Interdepartmental Communication

Discharge Teaching/Risk Reduction for Readmission

UCSD Lactation Educator Counselor Course Start Date – Orange, CA
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – May 12 @ 5:00 pm

This is the first date of the 5-day CLEC course offered by UCSD Extension.

Dates for this course are (2017) : Feb 27, 28, March 1, and May 11 and 12.

Additional details and enrollment information are available at


BreastfeedLA Webinar-Breastfeeding Support through Medi-Cal: Reimbursement through CPSP as an FQHC @ Online
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


A BreastfeedLA Webinar featuring Meg Beard, MPH, MCHES, RDN, IBCLC

Breastfeeding Support Through Medi-Cal: Reimbursement through CPSP as an FQHC


Please join us for a live webinar on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 10a.m. to 11:00a.m. (Pacific)  with Live Question and Answer Session from 11-11:30 a.m.

 Download Brochure Here

Program Description:

We are proud to present a one-hour webinar followed by Q&A focused on building understanding about how to develop a pathway for reimbursement for lactation services in your agency. 


Guidance will be provided to help you to determine the important factors you will need to explore as you create a plan for your agency to generate revenue for lactation services.


By identifying professionals who are able to bill for breastfeeding care and considering your agency’s FQHC or CPSP status*, attendees will be able to form a plan for seeking reimbursement.


*It will be helpful for you to find out prior to the webinar whether your agency has FQHC or CPSP status (or both.) 


Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

– List three types of professionals who are able to bill for breastfeeding
– Review the differences in billing for an FQHC or CPSP provider
– Identify the next steps for your agency to generate revenue for breastfeeding


This webinar is approved for 1 E-CERP and 1 CEU.  


Meg Beard, MPH, MCHES, RDN, IBCLC has been the Breastfeeding Coordinator for Santa Barbara County WIC in California for the last 18 ½ years and chairs and writes grants for the Santa Barbara County Breastfeeding Coalition. Santa Barbara County was one of the first agencies to generate new revenue for IBCLC visits and was the recipient of the California state WIC “Best Practice Award” in 2003 and 2009.  Her experiences in implementing the steps to reimbursement are a valuable tool for many agencies. 


Earlybird Registration Ends Feb 22, 2017 at midnight Pacific time  $25 

Live Webinar Access (includes Recorded Webinar Access) Available until 3/2/17 at 9a.m.Pacific  $30

Recorded Webinar Access  $30

Webinar Software

 This webinar will be conducted using Zoom software.  Instructions on how to access the webinar will be included in a registration confirmation email.

Participant Confirmation, Handouts and Certificates

 Registration confirmation will be sent to participants via email.  Presentation handouts are sent via e-mail 2 business days prior to the seminar.  Certificates of attendance and continuing education will be delivered to attendee via email following completion of webinar evaluation.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations received by Midnight Pacific Time on Feb 22, 2017 will be granted, subject to a $5 fee. No refunds after this date. 


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