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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.

RESOURCES

BREASTFEEDING RESOURCES IN VENTURA COUNTY

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There are many breastfeeding resources available throughout Ventura County: 

  • Hospital Support
  • Community Centers and Clinics including Public Health's Bright Beginnings Program and WIC
  • Breast pump rentals and sales
  • Breastfeeding Support groups
  • Private Lactation Consultants (IBCLC's) for home visits
  • Warm Lines in English, Spanish & Mixteco
  • BCVC website with videos and resources for clients

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.

MEDICATIONS & BREASTFEEDING

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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. 

LACTMED

Mothertobaby.org

Medications & Mothers Milk Book & Online version by Dr. Thomas Hale

INFANT RISK CENTER:  Questions about OTC or prescription medications while pregnant or nursing?
Call our experts.
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm CT
(806) 352-2519 

ACADEMY OF BREASTFEEDING MEDICINE (ABM) PROTOCOLS

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PROTOCOLS for common and difficult topics that physicians and healthcare providers encounter in the breastfeeding mother. Examples: 

  • JAUNDICE
  • HYPOGLYCEMIA
  • NEONATAL ANKYLOGLOSSIA (Tongue tie) 
  • & more

See the bottom of this page for more resources on TONGUE TIE


Risks of Formula Feeding

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."   

Position Statements & Toolkits

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NEW!!!! EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Do you know of paid or volunteer opportunties available for Ventura County Lactation professionals? Email contact@breastfeedventura.org



Current Listings: 


CSUN Comprehensive Lactation Training Facilitator Job Description

Job description: Facilitate 45 hour or 90- hour lactation training  

Required: 5 years experience as an IBCLC

Preferred: 5 years experience as a Registered Nurse

Application Process: Applicants should forward a current resume and letter of interest to

Lactaton.education@csun.edu 

Deadline November 1st, 2019

Email contact@breastfeedventura.org for complete job posting.


CSUN Part-time Faculty Position to

teach undergraduate lactation educator course (HSCI 434) and /or our graduate lactation

educator course (HSCI 545).

IBCLC and Master's Degree Required. See all requirements and job description: CSUN faculty position



9 STEPS TO A BREASTFEEDING FRIENDLY CLINIC

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 9 Steps to a Breastfeeding Friendly Clinic: Guidelines for Community Health Centers and Outpatient Care Settings

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. 

RESOURCES FOR YOUR PATIENTS

Local Directory/Support Groups

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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. 

Paid Family Leave Information

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Families can have many questions about qualifying for paid family leave and how to apply. 


Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Ventura County (MMHCVC)

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 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.  

Breast Pumps: Insurance coverage & rentals

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WIC (Women, Infant, Children)

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WIC provides nutrition and breastfeeding support services to women who are pregnant and their children. 

  • WEEKLY BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS
  • TRAINED LACTATION PROFESSIONALS
  • BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELING PROGRAM IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND MIXTECO
  • FREE HOSPITAL GRADE BREAST PUMP LOANS to qualifying program participants 

Have the client call (805)981-5251 to check eligibility and to enroll.

GLOBAL HEALTH MEDIA BREASTFEEDING VIDEOS

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:

WWW.GLOBALHEALTHMEDIA.ORG

HELPING A BREASTFEDING MOTHER. 

Learn or review the basics of helping a mother to breastfeed. GLOBAL HEALTH MEDIA VIDEOS

WWW.GLOBALHEALTHMEDIA.ORG

LACTATION EDUCATION & RESOURCES

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TRUSTWORTHY WEBSITES


BABY-FRIENDLY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE

Baby Friendly USA

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.



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