On Monday, May 22nd, breastfeeding advocates from BreastfeedLA and Long Beach Breastfeeds traveled to Sacramento to speak to lawmakers about Senate Bill 63. This important bill will expand job protected family leave to an additional 2.7 million Californians. The advocacy day was part of a larger effort led by the California Work and Family Coalition so Californians can better balance caregiving and working. In total our group of parents, children, and professional visited 40 legislators!
For most people from Southern California, this was their first time ever participating in an advocacy day.
“I was nervous at first but it’s an awesome feeling when you are able to advocate from the heart to help families.”
-Dr. Yvette Castro, DC
-Rebeca Pacheco Hidalgo, IBCLC
“As a breastfeeding mom, a teacher to at-risk youth, and wife of a small business owner, it is inherently important to me that all people have access to paid family leave and job security. I am a privileged person, and if I’m fighting for the right to breastfeed, I can only imagine how great the fight can be for people. Family bonding not only supports breastfeeding it supports California. Employees who are valued will value their work. By creating access for all the this time, we are creating healthier bonds between caretakers and children which in turn creates healthy citizens. I was honored to stand beside women from all backgrounds. Honored to see the NAACP. Honored to see #Healthforall. Advocacy is the lesson in change. Change is showing up and trying again and again and again.”
-Tanya Reyes, teacher