BCVC is here to support the healthcare, medical, lactation and birth professionals in Ventura County. Our goal is to equip you with the resources that you need to support families to breastfeed in our community.
“Breastfeeding provides unmatched health benefits for babies and mothers. It is the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition, with breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby. We must do more to create supportive and safe environments for mothers who choose to breastfeed.”
Dr. Ruth Petersen, Director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
"I support breastfeeding, because it is a gift to that child that will last a lifetime. The bonding, nutrition and confidence gained is priceless."
Dr. Carlos A. Tamayo, Oxnard
"Breastfeeding is the physiological norm for both mothers and their children. Breastmilk offers medical and psychological benefits not available from human milk substitutes...Family physicians should have the knowledge to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding." (1989) (2017 COD) See the full AAFP breastfeeding position statement here: AAFP.org
There are many breastfeeding resources available throughout Ventura County:
We have free bilingual rack cards and "thank you for nursing your baby" cards available for you to distribute. Email or call to request your cards for your business or organization. See the Breastfeeding & More section of the website for more breastfeeding videos and links/handouts to many breastfeeding topics and concerns.
There are many resources to check the compatibility of medications in a breastfeeding mother. There are books, websites and even apps available for your phone.
INFANT RISK CENTER: Questions about OTC or prescription medications while pregnant or nursing?
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PROTOCOLS for common and difficult topics that physicians and healthcare providers encounter in the breastfeeding mother. Examples:
See the bottom of this page for more resources on TONGUE TIE
Published by INFACT Canada. "When breastfeeding is not exclusively practised, infant formulas are generally used. The World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes requires that parents be fully informed about the health hazards of unnecessary or improper use of infant formula."
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Produced by the California Department of Public Health, in partnership with California Breastfeeding Coalition and CWA, this document outlines steps, guidelines, and desired outcomes defining community health centers that fully support breastfeeding mothers and infants.
There are many resources available to families throughout Ventura County. Print the directory or support group list for your patient or provide them with this website information.
Often, Maternal Mental Health and Successful Breastfeeding go hand in hand. The Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Ventura County provides both mother's and healthcare providers with the resources they need to address Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders during pregnancy and after birth.
WIC provides nutrition and breastfeeding support services to women who are pregnant and their children.
Have the client call (805)981-5251 to check eligibility and to enroll.
BREASTFEEDING ATTACHMENT VIDEO.
Shows you how to help a mother breastfeed. Please be advised: this video contains birth and breastfeeding content.
For all videos in this series, go to:
Newly Revised 2018 WHO & UNICEF Guidelines:
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding were developed by a team of global experts and consist of evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration. Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing facilities must adhere to the Ten Steps to receive, and retain, a Baby-Friendly designation.
CRITICAL MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES:
1a. Comply fully with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions.
1b. Have a written infant feeding policy that is routinely communicated to staff and parents.
1c. Establish ongoing monitoring and data-management systems.
2. Ensure that staff have sufficient knowledge, competence and skills to support breastfeeding.
KEY CLINICAL PRACTICES:
3. Discuss the importance and management of breastfeeding with pregnant women and their families.
4. Facilitate immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.
5. Support mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding and manage common difficulties.
6. Do not provide breastfed newborns any food or fluids other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
7. Enable mothers and their infants to remain together and to practise rooming-in 24 hours a day.
8. Support mothers to recognize and respond to their infants’ cues for feeding.
9. Counsel mothers on the use and risks of feeding bottles, teats and pacifiers.
10. Coordinate discharge so that parents and their infants have timely access to ongoing support and care.
There is substantial evidence that implementing the Ten Steps significantly improves breastfeeding rates. A systematic review of 58 studies on maternity and newborn care published in 2016 demonstrated clearly that adherence to the Ten Steps impacts early initiation of breastfeeding immediately after birth, exclusive breastfeeding and total duration of breastfeeding.
We need more IBCLC's and CLC's in Ventura County! Here are some resources to help you:
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