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Help us Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (for a month!)                                                                       

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.  Each year, WABA coordinates the annual World Breastfeeding Week To celebrate, the UC Davis Breastfeeding Support Program will be hosting a series of events open to the campus and greater community:

July 23  Restoring the Infant Gut Microbiome in an Industrialized World

  • 11:30-12:30 pm, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain Conference Room
  • Dr. Jennifer Smilowitz, PhD. Associate Director of Human Studies Research, Foods for Health Institute,Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California Davis

Breast milk not only provides nutrition to the growing infant, but also protection and development. One of the marvels of breast milk is it's unique ability to support the growth of protective gut bacteria in breastfed infants. Unfortunately, over the past 100 years, the gut microbiome (gut bacteria) of infants has dramatically changed over the generations and may be a result of the unintended consequences of medical practices. We see a generational loss of critical good gut bacteria infants need in the first 6 months of life, leading to a dominance of bad bacteria. These bad bacteria are linked to higher risk of both short and long term health issues, including allergies, diabetes and obesity. We were able to successfully restore the infant gut microbiome of breastfed infants with the supplementation of B. infantis, an important bacteria that has been lost over the generations.

July 26  Community Science Cafe Conversations: Restoring the Infant Gut Microbiome, A Conversation with Dr. Smilowitz

  • 6:00-8:00 pm, Old Soul @ Forty Acres, 3434 Broadway, Sacramento
  • Dr. Jennifer Smilowitz, PhD. Associate Director of Human Studies Research, Foods for Health Institute,Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California Davis

Over the past 100 years, the gut microbiome (gut bacteria) of infants has dramatically changed over the generations and may be a result of the unintended consequences of medical practices. We see a generational loss of critical good gut bacteria infants need in the first 6 months of life, leading to a dominance of bad bacteria. These bad bacteria are linked to higher risk of both short and long term health issues, including allergies, diabetes and obesity. We were able to successfully restore the infant gut microbiome of breastfed infants with the supplementation of B. infantis, an important bacteria that has been lost over the generations.

August 1  Accomplishing Breastfeeding Goals Panel Discussion

  • 12:15-1:15 pm, Student Community Center, Room D

Breastfeeding and human milk are globally promoted as the normative standards for infant feeding, nutrition and overall health. Existing knowledge validates that mothers who receive supportive practices in the hospital and beyond are more likely to accomplish their own personal and global breastfeeding goals, by breastfeeding more exclusively and for a longer duration.

A panel of experts in the fields of healthcare, workplace and the breastfeeding community will explore various breastfeeding resources available to families to utilize and assist in accomplishing their goals and meeting recommended guidelines.

  • Panel includes:
    • Michelle Younger, Maternity Specialist, UC Davis Human Resources discussing maximizing benefits
    • Erica Escalante, US Department of Labor, Wage, and Hour Division discussing rights regarding lactation accomodation
    • Lizeth Betancourt, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency discussing community support services
    • Leslie Peek, local mom from one of our support groups offering her perspective
    • Dr. Kelly Siemens. UC Davis Medical Group, Family Physician, discussing the continuum of care for lactation services in healthcare

August 2  Keeping Up Your Milk Supply

  • 10:30-11:30, Glassrock Building, Room 7106
  • Dr. Debbie Albert, PhD, BSN, IBCLC

August 6  Donor Milk Use to Promote Ongoing Breastfeeding among Healthy Newborns

  • 11:30-12:30 pm, Glassrock building, Room 7106, 2521 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento
  • Dr. Laura Kair, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics , Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Breastfeeding Medicine, UC Davis Children’s Hospital

This talk will discuss the role of banked pasteurized donor human milk outside of the neonatal intensive care setting. I will describe the available research on short-term donor milk use to promote breastfeeding in healthy newborns and will discuss unanswered questions and ethical considerations.

Mothers’ Milk Bank, San Jose will be at this presentation with information about receiving or donating breast milk and how to initiate the process, should you wish to participate. You can read more information about this organization at: www.mothersmilk.org

August 9  Breastfeeding Rights and Advocacy

  • 10:30-11:30, Glassrock Building, Room 7106
  • Erica Escalante, US Department of Labor

August 13  Baby Friendly and the UC Davis Breastfeeding Support Program

  • 11:00-1:00 pm, Glassrock building, Room 7106, 2521 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento
  • Debbie Albert PhD, BSN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, UC Davis Medical Center

Come for a Discussion about UC Davis' Path to Baby Friendly and How we provide Breastfeeding Support to both Patients and Employees at UC Davis Health.

August 16  Baby Wearing

  • 10:30-11:30, Glassrock Building, Room 7106
  • Sacramento Babywearers

August 23  Wonders of Breastmilk and the Microbiome

  • 10:30-11:30, Glassrock Building, Room 7106
  • Emily McCole Yager, Remedi Study

August 30  Breast Health

  • 10:30-11:30, Glassrock Building, Room 7106
  • Steve Metzger, RN, CMT, Revive Therapy

Recent Breastfeeding Newsletters

Winter 2018: Lactation Room notes

Fall 2017: Support at UC Davis

Spring/Summer 2017: Returning to Work, Pump injuries

Winter 2017: Travel While Breastfeeding


  • Breastfeeding Newsletter Archive
  • Fall 2016 "Questions for Health Care Providers"

    Spring/Summer 2016  "Resources"

    Winter 2016 "Plastics"

    Fall 2015 "Accomplishing Breastfeeding Goals"

    Spring & Summer 2015  “Galactagogues” (a substance professing to promote lactation of increase milk production)  FAQ: “What’s the best nipple to use when choosing a bottle for my breastfed baby?

    Winter 2015 “Role of Fathers/Partners in Breastfeeding Success”

    Fall 2014 “National Work & Family Month” LINK: “Make Breast Pumps not Suck” – MIT Media Lab Hackathon, LINK: “Miracle Food, Unraveling the Mysteries of Mother’s Milk” -- UCD collaboration of researchers, Fall 2014

    Spring & Summer 2014 “Human Milk Donor Banks”

    Winter 2014 “If Breastfeeding is so natural, why can it be so difficult?”

    Fall 2013 “University of California, Office of the President, Personnel Policy for Staff Members:PPSM84 “Accommodations for Nursing Mothers” LINK: “Breastfeeding Fraught with Early Challenges for Most First-time Mothers” – UCD researchers support ‘Continuum of Care’ for mothers wanting to breastfeed

    Spring & Summer 2013  “Expression of Milk – identifying and managing low milk supply”

    Winter 2013 “Yeast Infections”

    Fall 2012 “Breastfeeding and the Holidays” FAQ: “How do I know that my breastfed baby is getting enough milk?


Recent Breastfeeding News and Research: 


Local Resources

HealthCare Provider Resources

  • Kaiser Permanente, Woodland HealthCare, WIC, and Communicare provide full lactation services to their healthcare subscribers. Davis Kaiser Womens' Health, call 530-757-7210 and ask for a nurse/lactation appointment.  
  • UC Davis Medical Group (2620 Covell Blvd.) provides lactation group appointments.
  • Sutter Health provide varied lactation services dependent upon plan.
  • Woodland Healthcare New Parent Support Group

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