LIVE LOVE LATCH 2017! AUGUST 5th 10am Montalvo Hill Park in Ventura

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SAVE THE DATE: DR. THOMAS HALE 2017 In Ventura County!

You will not want to miss Dr. Thomas Hale in Ventura County on September 30th, 2017! Author of Medications and Mother’s Milk and considered one of the foremost experts in the field of perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. More information coming soon!

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October 30-November 3, 2017
National certification: Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP)
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Course Provider: Healthy Children’s Project Center for Breastfeeding
Supported by: Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County (BCVC)
October 30-November 3, 2017 (5 day series)
8:15am – 4:30pm
Ventura County Health Services Building
Suite 200
2240 E. Gonzales Rd.
Oxnard, CA

Program Fee:

Early Bird: $525.00 (use agency code BCVC)
Standard Rate: $575.00
Certification Test: $120.00 (testing required for scholarships)
Additional course materials may be required

Register for this training online

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Fundraising Boutique on June 27th!

SHOP, CELEBRATE and SUPPORT! FUNDRAISING BOUTIQUE on June 27th being held in honor of International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding! A portion of all vendor proceeds will benefit the Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County! -Thank you Tracey Louis and the amazing local Mompreneur businesses!

Join us: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 6 pm to 8:30 pm at The Hideout Playground in Thousand Oaks, CA

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    Why We Need to Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week, Aug 25 – 31

Why We Need to Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week, Aug 25 – 31

by Kari Aist, BCVC Board Member

For decades there has been significant racial inequity in breastfeeding rates when comparing white populations with communities of color. Reputable data from the CDC among other organizations highlight the sad reality that black women begin breastfeeding and continue breastfeeding in far fewer numbers than white women. That is why for one week every year, the last week in August, we celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week.

We in the (let’s face it) mostly-white breastfeeding support community must work to draw attention to these critically impactful differences in breastfeeding rates and highlight voices in communities of color calling for change. We can assist in changing the status quo both by drawing attention to the negative impact of the dismally low number of black women who are breastfeeding their babies and older nurslings, and by showcasing black breastfeeding champions in our communities.

Celebrating successes and singling out stellar support available in their own communities during this one week of special focus will help black women take to heart the knowledge that they are not alone, that there are others with whom they identify who are, like them, breastfeeding their babies at birth, feeding exclusively for the first six months, and continuing to breastfeed fullterm, even in the face of significant social barriers.

This is something tangible that we, as privileged allies, can do that will help open the field of lactation support to an entire underserved segment of the population previously denied equitable access to sufficient support for this wonderful, normal aspect of parenting.

In order to help normalize breastfeeding among members of the black community, it is imperative that we in the field of lactation support understand WHY our assistance is needed to help change how […]

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Hannah Leon: A Breastfeeding Mother Who Makes it Work!

Contributed by Kari Aist, BCVC Board Member

This year’s theme for WABA’s World Breastfeeding Week was “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!” A wonderful example of someone who embodies that theme is Hannah Leon, the breastfeeding, babywearing, home-based entrepreneur photographer who photo-documented this year’s Miracle Milk Stroll in May and our big World Breastfeeding Week celebration on August 1st called Live Love Latch Ventura County. You can see some of Hannah’s amazing work on the BCVC Facebook page.

Hannah Mariette Leon:

27 years old
Mother of 1-year-old son Wolfie
Married for 3 years to Gregory
2010 BA in photojournalism from the Brooks Institute
Previous job–baby photographer at CMH
Current profession: family portrait photographer

When she became a mom, Hannah decided to switch to family portrait-taking as a profession because that was a way for her to work from home and spend more time with Wolfie. She loves

that her family could manage the transition to a smaller income
how breastfeeding combines well with her photography business
how breastfeeding makes her work easier

no bottle prep time
keeping Wolfie content at the breast while she works

that families she photographs welcome Wolfie, so minimal time apart is needed.

She greatly admires parents who work outside the home and must make a tremendous effort to maintain a breastmilk supply by pumping in order to feed their babies and preserve the breastfeeding relationship.

Hannah’s skill at multi-tasking is remarkable. It’s awesome to see her in action, nursing and babywearing while moving around shooting photos with a large camera in hand!

She was caught by surprise by her passion for breastfeeding. Her experiences as a nursing mother have ignited in her a need to learn more about lactation, as well as a desire to help others.

Nursing Wolfie got off to a challenging start, with flat […]

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Join us for our Annual Education Conference on October 9!

BCVC and PAC/LAC are proud to host Ventura County’s only large-scale Breastfeeding Conference. Please join us for fantastic and notable speaker Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC, continuing education credits, breakfast and lunch, vendors, raffles, and networking.

This year’s lactation education conference focuses on enhancing your clinical skills and will involve a skills and observation component in addition to a focus on tongue and lip tie.
Beyond the Basics of Breastfeeding Support:
Enhancing Your Clinical Skills
Featuring Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC
October 9, 2015
8:00am – 5:00pm
Horizon Hills Auditorium
Thousand Oaks, CA

Topics Include:

Tongue and Lip Tie
New Thoughts on Infant Post-Frenotomy Care
Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support Strategies for Helping Babies When the Basics aren’t Enough
Clinical Skills Workshop

This event is geared toward Lactation Consultants, Lactation Educators/Counselors, Peer Counselors, Registered Nurses, Dieticians, Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Doulas, La Leche Leaders, CPHWs, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and others interested in supporting families in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding.

Approved for 8.0 CEUs and 7.0 LCERPs.

$95 Early Bird rate on or before September 30, 2015
$105 Standard Rate on or before October 7, 2015
$105 at the door, subject to availability

More information, detailed agenda, and registration here.

BCVC is hosting a special Pre-Conference Evening Physician’s Seminar:
Tongue and Lip Tie: Related Issues, Assessment, and Treatment
Thursday, October 8
5:00 – 8:30pm
Ottavio’s Restaurant
Camarillo, CA

This seminar will feature expert speaker Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC, and is specifically geared toward physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, and dentists involved in the diagnosis, referral and treatment of infants with these conditions impacting breastfeeding. Presentations will also be made by a local ENT and pediatrician, followed by an opportunity for Q&A with a panel discussion.

Approved for 2.0 CMEs.

Please share with providers in the area who assess, diagnose, and treat tongue […]

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Save Lives. Donate Breastmilk.

Ventura County Donor Breastmilk Drive
Supporting Mothers’ Milk Bank
Friday, August 28, 2015
8:00am – 2:00pm
Community Memorial Hospital
147 North Brent Street, Ventura
Celebrate National Breastfeeding Month!
When babies are born prematurely, donated breastmilk can provide important protection and prevent potentially fatal conditions.

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County and the Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties Chapter of AWHONN invite you to become a breastmilk donor.

Learn about breast milk donation. Get screened to be a donor.
Donate your milk. We will accept properly stored milk.

Join the Facebook Event Page to show your support!

For more information, contact Paris Maloof-Bury
(805)415-2553   pbury@cmhshealth.org

Go to the Mothers’ Milk Bank website for information on milk storage and handling.

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World Breastfeeding Week Kickoff and 2015 Liquid Gold Award

On Tuesday, July 28, the Coalition, healthcare professionals, community breastfeeding supporters, and breastfed babies gathered at the County Board of Supervisors meeting to help kick off World Breastfeeding Week. A special proclamation was made by the Board of Supervisors and presented to the Coalition, recognizing World Breastfeeding Week and the importance of breastfeeding. The Coalition also presented progress made on fulfilling its mission of promoting and supporting breastfeeding in Ventura County over the past year, as well as the importance of supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work”.

The highlight of this event was the presentation of the Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County’s 2015 Liquid Gold Award. This is an annual recognition given by the Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County (BCVC) to an individual who has truly made a difference in the lives of families and our community by supporting breastfeeding through resources, education, services, and networking.

The Coalition is pleased to announce that the 2015 Liquid Gold Award recipient is Sheila Dedrick!

Sheila is truly a champion for breastfeeding. As a registered nurse for 36 years, Sheila first encountered new families in her work in labor & delivery and postpartum care. Over thirteen years ago, Sheila began assisting new moms with breastfeeding as a Certified Lactation Counselor, and then as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has championed the evolution of lactation care and the Baby Friendly journey at Community Memorial Hospital, where she is a treasured asset to her colleagues.

Sheila helped develop the New Parent Resource Center at Community Memorial Hospital and currently serves as the Center’s coordinator. In this capacity, she helps hundreds of new moms and babies each year discover […]

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