Fundraiser to Help Make Breastfeeding Accessible and Affordable

When we started to plan our Big Latch On event, we thought this would be the perfect venue to share with our local community about our new nonprofit organization, the San Diego Breastfeeding Center (SDBFC) Foundation.  After years of hearing from moms with limited incomes that they could not afford the breastfeeding support they needed, we decided to find a way to make breastfeeding support accessible and affordable for ALL local moms!  Starting in August, the SDBFC Foundation will begin to subsidize costs for private lactation consultations for qualifying families.

Many of our friends and families have started to donate to our Foundation, which has given us a great start!  But to meet our annual goal of $35,000, we reached out to our friends, colleagues, and community members to see if they could help us raise even more.  I am honored and humbled by the amount of items and services that have been donated to bring you an amazing opportunity drawing, which will take place at our Big Latch On event on August 6th!

Even if you are no longer breastfeeding, we would love if you would join us from 9am-11:30am at the Big Latch On.  Your first opportunity drawing ticket is free.  Additional tickets are $1 each.  The drawing will take place at 10:45am.  ALL proceeds will be given to the SDBFC Foundation.  

Look at the fabulous prizes you have the chance to win!  

Just a few of our amazing prizes you could win at our Opportunity Drawing!

Just a few of our amazing prizes you could win at our Opportunity Drawing!

Dr. Stanton Hom - Chiropractic assessment and treatment

Francesca Orlando (Healthful Living) - Nutritional counseling

Doug and Mary Swenson - Boat cruise on the bay for up to 8 people

Jamie Boyd (Whole Family Wellness) - acupuncture treatments

La Costa Resorts - One night’s stay for 2

Dr. Karin Nealon (La Luna Health) - Craniosacral therapy

Adriana Covell (Flourish Holistic Health) - 1-hour coaching session and acupuncture

Dairy Fairy - sets of 3-4 nursing bras and tanks

Ardo - Calypso double electric pump

Tula - Baby carrier

Jamie Street - 5 photographic prints

Jolie Cash (Nature’s Whisper Yoga) - yoga sessions

Jeanne-Marie Paynel (Voila Montessori) - Montessori private home consultation

Rachel Robinson (Melody Music Studios) - 7-class music series and materials

Stacy Spensley (Center Stage Wellness) - Coaching sessions

Rumina Nursingwear - 4 nursing tanks

Fairhaven - MIlk Saver and Milk Tray

Deanna Honda - massage treatment

Dr. Ashley Madden - Chiropractic assessment and treatment

Motherlove - Trio of salves

Vida Leche Amor - $100 gift certificate for nursing wear

Micah Arsham - Acupuncture treatment

Megan Elizabeth Photography - Mini session, prints, and digital files

Lisa Howe (Becoming Peaceful) - Peaceful parenting session

Bamboobies - Nursing pads, nursing shawl, and nipple cream

Dr. David Jackel - Chiropractic assessment and treatment

Emily New - Massage treatment

Paige Trimble - Facial

Jessica Odanga (Lookin’ Snappy) - Interchangeable hair accessory kit

Momzelle - $50 gift card

Sara Guenther (Nursing Noah) - Nursing necklace

Deb Davies (Zen Diego) - Acupuncture treatment

San Diego Breastfeeding Center - private breastfeeding consultation

Jen Varela (Sugar Night Night) - Sugar Night Night Starter Bundle

Glamourmom - 2 nursing tanks

A HUGE Thank You to all of our friends and colleagues for their gracious donations!  Hope to see you all at our event!

Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway 2016

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2016 is all about sustainability; how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.  We know first hand that judgment-free breastfeeding support is a critical component in all of this, which is why the San Diego Breastfeeding Center and the Badass Breastfeeder work tirelessly to offer in person and online moral, emotional, and evidence-based support.  Plus, once a year we love to offer some major swag support, as well!  So, get ready for the biggest Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway yet!  

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2016, over 20 breastfeeding-supportive companies have donated items for an enormous Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package, valued at over $2000!  First we’d like to introduce you to the co-hosts of the Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week giveaway.  Then, we’ll share all of the goodies that have been so graciously donated.


San Diego Breastfeeding Center:  A judgment-free online and in-person resource for qualified breastfeeding information and personalized assistance for mothers facing breastfeeding challenges.  Founded by Robin Kaplan, M.Ed., IBCLC in 2009, SDBFC offers private breastfeeding consultations, classes, free support groups, and an extensive blog. In March 2016, Robin filed the articles of incorporation for the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation, a 501(c)3 pending non-profit organization which will offer reduced rate lactation consultations to families with financial need.  

The Badass Breastfeeder: The Badass Breastfeeder is a blog written by Abby Theuring, a social worker, writer, public speaker, activist, wife and mother of 2 who lives in Chicago, IL. The blog empowers mothers to breastfeed in public, and to breastfeed beyond infancy. It encourages moms and dads to trust their parenting instincts and helps parents develop the confidence to make important decisions for their families. It’s also the personal story of one family’s struggles through the ups and downs of attachment parenting. Unlike many parenting blogs, it paints an honest, authentic picture of the stressful moments that come along with being a parent. The Badass Breastfeeder is a global community of moms and dads who share their experiences so that we know we are not alone.


How to Enter the 2016 Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week Giveaway

You may enter the giveaway from August 1, 2016 - August 7, 2016.  On August 8, 2016, we will announce 1 lucky winner of the Breastfeeding Mom Prize Package.  Winners must live in the United States or Canada.

Check out the Prizes!


One Juno Blu Nepenthe Breast Pump Bag in Mushroom. The standard breast pump bag just got a modern update with this stylish tote that easily stows your breast pump in a side zipper compartment for easy access. Crafted from supple faux leather that stands up to wear, spills and stains to give you ease of mind when loading up nursing and baby essentials.

One Double Plus pump from Ardo. The Calypso Double Plus breastpump features independent vacuum and cycle adjustment -- 64 total settings. "Vacuum Seal" technology creates a closed system -- no milk in the tubes or pump. Includes three different sizes of breast flanges to ensure that every mother can find the right size to suit her nipple. The soft Optiflow massage inserts (26mm) actively massage the breast and ensure efficient and gentle expression.

One LILLEbaby COMPLETE All Seasons Baby Carrier, which features
an exclusive temperature-control panel that easily zips up for warmth and down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh. With 6 ergonomic carrying positions (no infant insert needed), it’s the carrier you’ll want with you for the journey, from birth (7lbs) through the toddler years (45lbs)! It’s lightweight, road-ready and built for daily use—be it in the brisk fall winds or blazing days of summer.

One $50 gift certificate to GlamourMom. The original expert in full support nursing bras built into stylish tanks and tops.

One Ayla All In One Nursing and Handsfree Pumping Bra from Dairy Fairy.  The most beautiful lace bra that lets you nurse and handsfree pump, with the support of underwire.

One Pump&Nurse Set from Rumina, which includes: 1 Pump&Nurse Tank and 1 Pump&Nurse Bra - style, color and size of winner's choice.  Rumina's Pump&Nurse bras and tank tops makes nursing and pumping, Simple, Comfortable and Convenient.

One container of Malunggay capsules from Motherlove. Indigenous to India and the Philippines, Malunggay is known as the “miracle tree” and is widely recognized for its nutritional benefits. It has been used for generations by breastfeeding women to help increase breast milk supply.

One container of Shatavari capsules from Motherlove.  Native to India, this rejuvenating Ayurvedic tonic helps to balance the female hormonal system. Known for its phytoestrogen properties, this herb can help with a variety of issues including menopause, increased fertility and breast milk production.

One container of Nipple Cream from Motherlove. An all natural herbal salve that quickly relieves the discomfort of sore, cracked nursing nipples. All ingredients are safe for ingestion, so it does not need to be washed off prior to breastfeeding baby. Motherlove’s organic nipple cream has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients.

One container of Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve from Motherlove.  An all-natural herbal salve for persistent, inflamed diaper rash. May also be used on mother's nursing nipples. Does not need to be washed off nipple prior to nursing. Diaper safe and compatible with all diapers including cloth. Motherlove’s diaper rash & thrush has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 96% certified organic ingredients.

One container of Green Salve from Motherlove.  This all natural versatile salve quickly and effectively takes the itch out of insect bites, bee stings and poison ivy. It soothes and eases the discomforts of rashes, chapped and irritated skin. A must for every home! Motherlove’s green salve has a zero rating (zero toxins) on EWG’s skin deep database and is made with 100% certified organic ingredients.

One box of Lactation Granola Bars from Oat Mama.  Undeniably delicious and packed with brewer's yeast and healthy fats from nuts and seeds, Oat Mama lactation granola bars are lovingly crafted by breastfeeding mamas for breastfeeding mamas.

One Bamboobies Breastfeeding Bundle, which includes a multi-pack of our reusable nursing pads, a jar of our organic and lanolin free nipple balm, and a black chic nursing shawl.

One Milk-Saver. One Milk Tray, one Nursing Blend, one Nursing Time Tea, and one Nipple Nurture Balm all from Fairhaven Health.  Milkies by Fairhaven Health is a line of innovative breastfeeding products to help moms reach their breastfeeding goals! Products include breast milk collection and storage solutions to help moms returning to work, as well as supplements, teas, nipple balm, nursing pads, and much more!

One $50 gift certificate from Momzelle.  Momzelle's mission is to help mothers feel comfortable and confident breastfeeding in public by designing high quality, affordable and super cute nursing wear.

One $100 gift certificate from Vida Leche Amor. Vida Leche Amor is a collection of fashionable tops and dresses designed to be worn during the full-term breastfeeding relationship and beyond.

Freemie Deluxe Cup Set with Expanded Compatibility Kit (works with all compatible pumps), and a Freemie Equality Double Manual Pump with Cup Set.  Pump with your shirt on—anytime, anywhere, with Freemie!

One Large size NuzzleHUG and a set of NuzzleNIPs from Nuzzle.  The NuzzleHUG by Nuzzle soothes a nursing mother's lactation discomfort with warm and cool breast, neck and body therapy. A NuzzleNIP is a warming or cooling nipple soother accessory designed to attach to the center of a NuzzlePOD (an insert within the NuzzleHUG system) to relieve discomfort from tenderness and pain associated from nipple vasospasm.

One Milk It Kit and a set of 120 waterproof breastmilk labels from Milk It. This set will help mom organize and label her milk and go back to work without worry of pumping session walk-ins or shared fridge milk mishaps!

One Luxe Long Sleeve Nursing Top in navy/white stripes from Udderly Hot Mama.  You'll feel so stylish and enjoy the quick access to nursing so much that you'll want to wear this shirt all year round.The neckline is easy to pull down for a feeding. The side gathers give you a beautiful silhouette. The patent-pending inside flap, included in every Udderly Hot Mama® nursing garment, provides extra privacy during a feeding. When baby's weaned, you can easily remove it and add your top to your everyday wardrobe.

One Fearless Breastfeeder T-shirt by Free Soul Designs.  Free Soul Designs is based on the empowerment of women which is why 15% of all profits gets donated to Mutual Ground, a battered women's shelter in IL.

One Breastfeeding/Nursing Necklace from Wee Kings.  Wee Kings nursing necklaces are the perfect distraction for baby's hands while being fed, and are a stylish, practical accessory for mom to wear.

One signed copy of Work. Pump. Repeat. by Jessica Shortall.  Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom's Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work is the practical, relatable, judgment-free guide to everything from talking to your boss about your breasts to navigating business travel with a breast pump.

One Nursie Breastfeeding Support Pillow. The Nursie is a perfectly portable nursing pillow that has revolutionized breastfeeding worldwide through a marriage of comfort, simplicity, and style.




Breastfeeding the Older Baby: 12-18 Months

Written by Anna Choi, BS, IBCLC

Thank you for joining us for our third and final article in our blog series, Breastfeeding the Older Baby – What to Expect and How to Adjust. I’ve enjoyed writing these articles, as we have explored the evolving breastfeeding relationship between mama and baby, and I hope to have provided some insight for you about what this evolution might look like for you and your little one. In this final article, we will look at months 12 through 18 of your toddler’s life.


How often do toddlers breastfeed?

This answer varies greatly from one toddler to the next. Some mothers and nurslings have slowly decreased the number of breastfeeding sessions they have each day and may find that at this age, their toddler is breastfeeding as little as once or twice a day. Others may have a toddler who nurses like a newborn and goes to breast frequently throughout the day, nursing as many as 10 or more times in 24 hours. What’s important to remember is that there is no one “right” way to nurse a toddler and no magic number for how many times each day your toddler should or shouldn’t nurse. As long as mama and baby are happy with their nursing relationship and have found a rhythm and balance that works for them, then breastfeeding is going well.

Photo credit Chris Wojdak

Photo credit Chris Wojdak

Now that my little one has celebrated his/her first birthday, do I need to introduce cow’s milk or another milk alternative?

Such a great question – and one that we find ourselves answering frequently! In order to provide you with the most educated answer to this question, I enlisted the help of one of San Diego Breastfeeding Center’s favorite Registered Dieticians, Rachel Rothman. Here is what Rachel had to say:

Cow's milk is a good source of fat, protein, calcium and vitamin D, though it is not the only potential source of such nutrition. As infants become toddlers, many pediatricians make the recommendation to start baby on cow’s milk in order to meet baby’s specific nutrient needs.   If your baby is consuming a sufficient amount of these nutrients (in other forms), there is no reason he/she needs cow's milk or an alternate milk source.   One note I always give to my patients is that for children up to at least 2 years of age it’s advisable to give them full-fat / whole milk dairy products (cheese, yogurt, or milk) to ensure they receive enough fat to satisfy their needs. Keep in mind -  breast milk is an excellent source of fat and other nutrients.

- Rachel Rothman, MS. RD

If you find yourself having further questions about your little one’s diet, I encourage you to reach out to Rachel, as she possesses a wonderful wealth of information on nutrition {}.


I’ve reached my goal of breastfeeding for one year and I am ready to wean, what is the best method?

Congratulations on reaching your goal! If you are ready to wean from breastfeeding, there are several methods to choose from. Weaning gradually often makes for the smoothest transition for you and your little one {and your breasts!}. To start the weaning process, choose one breastfeeding session and replace it with something else {such as previously pumped breastmilk, water, solid food, etc}. After a few days, you’ll choose another breastfeeding session to replace with something else, and so on. Usually the nursing sessions before naps and bedtime are the hardest to wean from, and therefore the last to go. Your little one will appreciate extra snuggles as they adjust to this big change in their life. Depending on the temperament of your child, and how often they are currently nursing, the weaning process may take a few weeks or a few months. If you’d like more information on weaning, check out this link to a previous blog series all about weaning an older child


Can I stop pumping at work and continue to breastfeed when I’m with my toddler?

Absolutely! As a working mom myself, I was eager to put away the pump after my little one turned one year old. I knew I’d miss that lovely womp womp womp sound and getting undressed and redressed in the middle of my workday, but figured I’d somehow survive. How soon you can stop pumping at work will depend on your work schedule, baby’s solid food intake, and what you have decided baby will consume in place of the pumped breastmilk you’ve been supplying. If you stop pumping at work and continue to breastfeed your toddler when you are with them, your supply should adjust to meet the needs of this new routine. Some moms find that their supply decreases as a result, but this usually isn’t a huge concern since your toddler should be eating plenty of table foods at this point. If you decide to stop pumping at work, remember to drop pumping sessions and reduce the amount of time spent pumping gradually, to reduce your risk of engorgement and plugged ducts.


How do I handle unsolicited advice about my toddler being “too old to breastfeed?”

The short answer is, don’t feel the need to defend yourself. When someone makes a comment about your toddler breastfeeding, simply say, “We are doing what’s best for our family. Thank you.” And then, walk away.

If you’d like to get a little more detailed with your response, or perhaps provide some breastfeeding education to the person, you can reference the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization’s recommendations, which advocate continued breastfeeding past twelve months of age. You can also let them know that nursing toddlers are generally sick less often and have fewer allergies than non-breastfeeding toddlers.


What did breastfeeding look like for YOU during months 12-18?


Big Latch On 2016!

We are so excited to announce that the San Diego Breastfeeding Center and Buddha Baby are co-hosting a 2016 Big Latch On event!  For those who are unfamiliar with the Big Latch On, this is an event that started in New Zealand in 2005 during World Breastfeeding Week.  The mission of the Big Latch On is to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding women and each year groups of breastfeeding women come together at locations all around the world to latch on their children at a designated time and day in honor of this mission and to attempt to set a new record!  This year, our Big Latch On event will be sponsored by Sakura Bloom, Tula Baby Carriers, Luludew, and the San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition.

So, here are the details:


When is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On event will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 9am-11am.  The actual Big Latch On will take place at exactly 10:30am, so don’t be late!  

Where will the Big Latch On take place?

At the Kensington Mini Park, just west of the Kensington Library.  The address is: 4121 Adams Ave. San Diego,CA 92116


Do I need to RSVP for the Big Latch On Event?

Yes, please!  Since we need 1 non-breastfeeding witness for every 10 breastfeeding mamas, it would be wonderful if you can RSVP before the event.  If you forget, please come anyway.



What is the agenda for the Big Latch On?

9:00am-10:20am - Registration and mingle.  Purchase tickets for our Opportunity Drawing; proceeds to be donated to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation.  First 100 attendees will get an awesome Goodie Bag, filled with nipple cream, tea, lactation bars, and other amazing items!

10:20-10:25am - Settle in and get ready to latch on

10:30-10:31am - Big Latch On!

10:40-11:00am - Opportunity drawing winners announced

11am - Event ends

What takes place at registration?

Each breastfeeding mom needs to register, with her name and email address, so that she can be counted during the event.  Also, each mom will decide whether she gives her permission to be photographed during the event.


What takes place during the Big Latch On?

9:00am-10:20am: Once moms have registered, there will be plenty of time to relax, mingle, play at the playground, and grab some coffee and breakfast at Starbucks, Stehly Farms, and the Kensington Cafe.  You will also have time to purchase tickets for the opportunity drawing items.  Definitely bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated.

From 10:30-10:31am, all of the participants will latch on their child(ren).  Each breastfeeding mom will be counted by one of the non-breastfeeding witnesses so that she can be accounted for in setting the Big Latch On record.

From 10:40-11:00am, opportunity drawing winners will be chosen.  Winners must be present to receive the gift.

What are the opportunity drawing details?

We are in the process of collecting items for our opportunity drawing!  Each Big Latch On participant will be given one ticket to enter the opportunity drawing.  Additional tickets can be purchased at the event: $1 for 1 ticket, $5 for 6 tickets, $10 for 12 tickets.  All money raised will be donated to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation to help pay for reduced-fee breastfeeding consultations for low-income breastfeeding families in San Diego.  If you have an item or service that you would like to donate for the opportunity drawing, please contact Robin Kaplan, at

Sponsorship opportunities!

This year we are offering Sponsorship Opportunities, at a variety of levels, ranging from Goodie Bag donations to official sponsorship of our event.  If you are interested in sharing your service or product with our local families, please contact Anna Choi at for more sponsorship information.

How will the photographs be used after the event?

We are so thrilled that Ariel Dolfo, of Ariel Dolfo Photography, will be documenting our Big Latch On event for the third year in a row!  Photographs will only be taken of mothers who give permission to be photographed.  Group photos will be taken to document the event and sent with our final number of participating breastfeeding mothers, as well as placed on the San Diego Breastfeeding Center website.  

Looking forward to seeing you all there!  


Why Has My Pumping Output Decreased?

I love when we receive emails with questions that our blog readers could benefit from!  Here is a question from one of our mamas who is wondering why her pumping output has decreased.  


Hi Robin!

I met with you awhile back when I first went back to work to set up a good pumping schedule.  It has worked like a charm these last 6 months.  Thank you for that!

My little guy is about to turn one and I’ve noticed a big reduction in my pumped breast milk the last few weeks. I’ve gone from pumping around 25 ounces of milk/work shift to around 15 oz.  It feels like it happened overnight. I’m just wondering if you have any suggestions on things I can do to get milk back or if this is just a normal progression.  I’m not ready to give up breastfeeding yet, but want to make sure he is getting enough milk.  He has been eating ALOT of solid food for about 5 months, so I’m sure this has had an impact on my supply :-(

Thanks for your time!


Hi N,

I am thrilled to hear that our plan worked so well for you!  That is awesome!  

So, pumping output can dip for many reasons, regardless of baby’s age.....

1. Baby is sleeping through the night.  When babies start to go longer stretches in the middle of the night without eating, it can cause a mom’s milk supply to dip overall.  If your kiddo is going to sleep a few hours before you are, you can consider adding in a dream feed or pumping before you go to bed so that your breasts don’t go for such a long period of time without removing milk.  Also, if your kiddo wakes up in the middle of the night, you could consider breastfeeding at that time, rather than soothing back to sleep right away, if you are worried that your supply is dipping too low.


2. Pump suction is losing its stamina (which is HUGE and definitely common!)  I would recommend getting your pump suction checked immediately.  Many lactation consultants have pump suction gauges to check the pressure created when running.  A less-than-stellar functioning pump can definitely decrease pumping output, even when supply is right where it needs to be.  Renting a hospital-grade pump will also help you determine if your own pump is not working as well as it should.

3. Pumping frequency has gone down while at work.  As moms get closer to that year mark, many prefer to cut down on the pumping frequency at work.  Sometimes they are able to keep up their supply when this is done.  Others find that their milk supply is more sensitive, so it requires that extra pumping session.

4. Baby is eating solids before breastfeeding (when mom is with baby), so he isn't as hungry when breastfeeding. Up until about a year, solids should be offered after breastfeeding so that babies are getting the bulk of their nutrition from breast milk and getting solids after their bellies are more full.  

5. You got your period and are experiencing a temporary dip. When mom’s hormones are shifting due to her cycle, this can temporarily dip her supply.  

6. Something else has changed in mom’s routine…. More working out on a regular basis, not eating enough calories per day, recovering from stomach flu or a cold, etc.  Again, all temporary.  But, make sure that you are eating at least 2000 calories a day to keep up your supply, as well as even extra, if you are working out.  If you are recovering from an illness, this will take a few days to rebound once you are feeling better.

That being said, 15oz of pumped milk at 1 year is pretty awesome!  At this point, your little guy doesn't need much more than that to complement all of the whole foods he is eating.  Plus, that doesn’t even take into account how much breastmilk he is getting from you while breastfeeding.  As long as he isn't getting frustrated at the breast, then just keep on plugging along, knowing that a breastfeeding baby should always be able to take out more than the pump.

Hope that helps!  Definitely get your pump suction checked, asap, and let me know if you have any other questions.