Meet SDBFC's Newest IBCLC - Debbie Murai!

We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Debbie Murai joined us on March 6th and will be doing office visits starting today!  Here is my interview with Debbie.  I can't wait for you all to meet her!


Debbie, tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised in Southern California and grew up in Orange County. I moved to San Diego after marrying my high school sweetheart, Mark. I attended San Diego State University and enjoyed working at the Fallbrook Community Clinic. One month after graduating from the nursing program at SDSU I gave birth to my first child, Kyle. About 2 years later I had my daughter Katie and 5 years after Katie I had my third child, Miles.  I really enjoyed being home raising my kids, but I always had the desire to return to nursing when they went off to college. Now that my youngest child is attending college, I am looking forward to helping moms start their journey into motherhood too!


What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?

While  working at the community clinic in Fallbrook, I really enjoyed working with mothers and babies and this first sparked my interest in helping moms with their breastfeeding issues.  When I had my three children and dealt with the challenges and triumphs of breastfeeding, I knew when I would go back to the nursing profession, I would make lactation my focus.  


What are you most excited about working for the SDBFC?

I am excited about being able to help moms meet their breastfeeding goals. I am also really excited about working in the San Diego community.


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What are your top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding mama?

1. For the first few weeks, ask for help with cooking and cleaning from your friends and family when they visit.  Spend as much time as you can connecting with your baby instead of doing chores.

2.  Trust your instincts.  There will be friends and family giving you advice with the best of intentions.  You can always listen to them, but do what works best for you and your family.

3.   Try to meet other new moms either through a breastfeeding support group or play group so you have other moms to get together with and share experiences.    


Welcome to the team, Debbie!

Donate to the SDBFC Foundation just by shopping on Amazon!

Donate to the SDBFC Foundation just by shopping on Amazon!


Did you know that you can donate to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation with every purchase you make through Amazon?

You can help low-income women gain access to critical breastfeeding support just by purchasing Amazon items online.

Wondering how to do this?

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Donation Drive to Support the International Rescue Committee of San Diego

Anna Choi, BS, IBCLC

Here at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center, we love women; we love moms; we love our community. And perhaps most of all, we love helping the women and mothers in our community. When we heard about the recent travel ban put forth by President Trump’s Executive Order, we knew it was time to reach out to our friends at the International Rescue Committee of San Diego to see what we could do to help. In our discussions with IRC San Diego staff, we learned about the devastating effects the Executive Order was having [and would continue to have] on the ability of the IRC to provide support and basic necessities for refugee families who have resettled in San Diego.  As we read about the decision of the U.S. Appeals Court to uphold the suspension of the Trump travel ban, we celebrated with our friends at the IRC. 

David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC, tells us:

“We are grateful that we can get back to work resettling refugees who have fled the terrors of war and violence, while also caring for those who remain trapped in conflict zones. As this ruling will almost certainly be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the meantime, the IRC remains committed to serving our refugee clients here in the U.S. and in more than 40 countries around the world.”

What does this decision mean for the IRC? It means that refugee resettlement cases that were put on hold due to the travel ban can now continue to move forward. Families who have spent years in refugee camps, fleeing war and oppression, can once again look forward to a new life in a safe community. For the IRC San Diego Resettlement Team specifically, it means the arrival of 78 new refugees in the coming days, weeks, and months. Those arriving in San Diego include wives reuniting with husbands, children with parents, brothers with sisters, and friends with friends. It also means an increased need for donations and support from the community. That’s where we, at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center, and you, come in!

Some of the more common needs of the IRC San Diego [aside from monetary donations, which you can contribute here: ] are diapers and women’s hygiene kits. Those arriving in San Diego include three 2-year olds, two 1-year olds, and several pregnant women. As mothers ourselves, we know firsthand how expensive diapers are, and what an impact the expense can make for those on a fixed income. The first few days in San Diego are very transitionary for newly arriving refugees, and as permanent housing and living expenses are arranged, it can be very helpful for IRC staff to have hygiene kits on hand to distribute, helping newly arrived refugees get through their first few days in a new place. 

So, we’ve challenged ourselves to collect 500 diapers and 50 women’s hygiene kits in 50 days. Donated diapers can be any brand and any size, in unopened packages. Hygiene kits should include the following items: 

  • 10+ sanitary pads
  • wet nap towelettes
  • kleenex
  • deodorant
  • soap
  • lotion
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • $10 Walmart Gift Card

Today is day 1. Here is a picture of the hygiene kit I created to give you an idea of what the finished product looks like. Kits can include travel sized portions of the above items, or full sized containers, packaged into a gallon ziploc bag or a grocery bag.

Having visited the IRC San Diego offices and spoken with staff members, I can’t tell you enough how much these donations are appreciated and needed. All donations can be dropped off at our weekly Breastfeeding Support Group, held at our office in Hillcrest {3355 4th Ave SD 92103} every Wednesday from 11:30am-1pm. We will also have a Saturday donation collection on Saturday, March 25th from 10am-12pm, also at our Hillcrest office {3355 4th Ave SD 92103}. The last day to drop off donated items is April 19, 2017.  We hope you will help us reach our goal and stand with us as we support the refugee women and mothers in our local community. 

Introducing the Top 8 Allergens to Infants

Introducing the Top 8 Allergens to Infants

A frequent question I encounter in my practice and in my Introduction to Solids classes, is how to introduce foods that may be allergenic to babies.  The last 15 years have brought significant attention to allergens, and most parents are now keenly aware of the risks.  However, a drumbeat of new research published on the causes of allergies and allergy prevention has brought new strategies to light and debunked old myths. Until 2008, the American Association of Pediatrics recommended that parents delay exposing infants to certain allergens until after one year of age. The guideline changed because after a review of research and patient outcomes, there was no evidence for waiting. I help many moms and dads make sense of this new world, as they are understandably cautious about what this all means for their child.

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Happy #GivingTuesday! Gift a Local Low-Income Mom with a Breastfeeding Consultation!

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Did you know.....

  • While 93% of moms start breastfeeding exclusively at birth in San Diego, only 56% continue doing so at 3 months, largely due to a lack of access to ongoing lactation support.

  • Lack of financial resources is reported as one of the main barriers for women to receive qualified breastfeeding support to help feed their babies.

You can help local low-income women gain access to critical breastfeeding support on this #GivingTuesday.

Wondering how your donation can help local breastfeeding moms?

We are asking you to help us #SupportSDMoms by donating your weekly coffee money! 

It’s that simple!  

If everyone reading this blog article donated $10-$20 today to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation.... the amount they would spend at a coffee shop this week... we would be able to raise over $40,000 on #GivingTuesday. 

Can you help us reach this goal?

All you have to do is click on this Paypal link to donate this week’s coffee allowance and help bring affordable breastfeeding support to hundreds of local low-income moms.


I am so very grateful for being able to receive help from a highly trained lactation consultant at an affordable price. My son was born with a lip and tongue tie which required many appointments with doctors and specialists. The medical bills added up quickly and it was very overwhelming for our family. Dealing with my son's lip and tongue ties caused me a lot of anxiety and knowing that I could afford to get help with our nursing relationship helped ease my worries. Being able to successfully breastfeed my child is a very important priority and goal for us. The lactation consultant was very thorough and gave us the encouragement, confidence and knowledge to overcome obstacles and continue nursing. I cannot thank SDBFC enough for their kindness and support on our breastfeeding journey.



The goal of the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation is to reduce socioeconomic disparities in breastfeeding support by increasing access to qualified lactation consultants for low-income families.  We provide lactation consultations for qualifying families at affordable rates!

To donate to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation, you can send a check to:

San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation

3355 4th Ave.

San Diego, CA 92103

Or, you can donate through our paypal account.