SDBFC News

San Diego Big Latch On 2019 T-shirts are ON SALE!

Who wants an awesome Big Latch On 2019 T-Shirt???

We are so excited to partner up with Heart and Soul Printing, one of our favorite local designers and screenprinters, to offer you a San Diego Big Latch On 2019 t-shirt or tank top.  

Each t-shirt costs $20 and will only be on sale from July 8 - July 21, 2019, so don’t miss your opportunity to have one of the most adorable event t-shirts out there! We will have a very small selection of t-shirts available for sale at the event (for $25), but we ran out of those within the first hour of the event last year.

All shirts can be picked up at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center - we will email you with the exact date once all orders are in. If you are unable to pick up your shirt before the event, you can pick it up day of.

*** We will not ship t-shirts. You must pick up your shirt at our office or at the event.

All proceeds will be donated to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation to help pay for lactation consultations for local low-income families.  

Ready to see the awesome T-shirts????

HEATHER GRAY LADIES CREW T-SHIRT - AVAILABLE IN S, M, L, XL, 2XL

HEATHER GRAY LADIES CREW T-SHIRT - AVAILABLE IN S, M, L, XL, 2XL

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NAVY BLUE LADIES RACERBACK TANK - AVAILABLE IN XS, S, M, L, XL, AND 2XL

NAVY BLUE LADIES RACERBACK TANK - AVAILABLE IN XS, S, M, L, XL, AND 2XL

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SEA GREEN LADIES SLOUCHY TANK - AVAILABLE IN S, M, L, XL, 2XL (RUNS A LITTLE BIG)

SEA GREEN LADIES SLOUCHY TANK - AVAILABLE IN S, M, L, XL, 2XL (RUNS A LITTLE BIG)

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For more details about the Big Latch On Event, check out our FB event page: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/347252742653283/

As well as our blog: 

https://www.sdbfc.com/blog/2019/5/31/biglatchon2019

Meet SDBFC's Newest Lactation Consultant - Ashley Tehrani!

We are so thrilled to introduce you to our newest lactation consultant at SDBFC! Ashley Tehrani joined our team in September 2017, as our Wednesday Breastfeeding Support Group leader and our Social Media Coordinator. After over a year of clinical hours and course work, Ashley is now ready to see her own patients at SDBFC and we couldn’t be more excited! We can't wait for you all to meet her!

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Ashley, tell us about yourself!

I grew up in Southern California and moved to San Diego to attend SDSU in 2008. I enjoy playing beach volleyball, fastpitch softball, hiking, reading and a good television show. I love to travel and hope to visit more spots within the U.S in the coming years. I had my daughter in 2015 and was introduced to the amazing community surrounding conception, birthing and postpartum that we have in San Diego.

What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?

The birth of my daughter definitely thrust me into this passion for supporting breastfeeding/lactating families. I had no idea the changes, challenges, happy moments and sad moments that being pregnant and becoming a parent would bring. I am so thankful to have had expert lactation support while in the hospital when my daughter was born, and for being directed by online support groups to the San Diego Breastfeeding Center for when I needed help later on. I was fortunate to be able to stay home with my daughter for the first few years, but found myself wanting to begin working again. The birth of my daughter and many encouraging friends and family helped me to begin my slow progression towards becoming an IBCLC.

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What are you most excited about working with SDBFC?

I am excited to join a group of practitioners who are highly trained and well versed in breastfeeding and in supporting families. I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to learning from these amazing IBCLCs and from the amazing families I will work with. I look forward to helping new families navigate breastfeeding and parenthood.

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What are you top 3 tips for a brand new breastfeeding family?

  1. While pregnant, go to breastfeeding support groups (especially if you’ve never really seen people breastfeed), visit with an IBCLC prior to having baby, have an appointment with an IBCLC booked for a week or so after baby is born, bring your partner or support person along for all of this – they will likely be the one there most while you are breastfeeding in the early weeks giving you encouragement and support. 

  2. Ask for, and or accept offered help (breastfeeding or not, new to parenthood or ‘old pros’…help is essential).  This was a personal struggle I dealt with early on and still do at times. If you want/need help, there is no shame in asking for it and no shame it putting boundaries around that help (i.e yes, you can bring over a meal for us, but we are trying to settle in so please leave it on the porch). 

  3. If you have challenges with breastfeeding in the beginning it is helpful to remember that this won’t be forever and that you and baby are new to this and learning together.

Welcome to the SDBFC team, Ashley!

Our Biggest Announcement in Years!

When I think about my own Going Back to Work experience, as well as our lactation clients’ experiences, there are some common themes and emotions that come top of mind.

  • Feelings of overwhelm and stress while preparing for this transition. How can I get my baby, my baby’s caregiver, and my supervisor all on the same page?

  • Anxiety about our milk supplies decreasing. How is my pump going to keep up my milk supply?  How will I find time to pump?

  • Worry that our children are going to be overfed by their caregivers. How much milk should I leave for my baby and how can I convince our caregiver that this is the correct amount?

  • Concern about managing work life and family life (balance never really happens, right?) How will I be able to do it all?

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But, when I look even deeper into where those emotions are coming from, I believe that they are coming from this......


We just spent the past weeks and months tirelessly establishing and nurturing a breastfeeding relationship with our child that we now might lose control over!

And the fear that going back to work will sabotage our ability to reach our personal breastfeeding goals scares the hell out of us.  

We feel like we have lost control over our breastfeeding relationship.

This is the thing, though…. You have the ability to retain control.  It is all in how you prepare for this transition in your overall journey.

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

This is exactly why I created an easy-to-follow process to prepare yourself, your pump, your baby, your baby’s caregiver, and your supervisor for a smooth transition where you remain in control of your breastfeeding relationship!

We are so excited to announce SDBFC's first online course, Breastfeeding for the Working Family! This is the easiest, most comprehensive step-by-step course to prepare everyone for this transition back to work.

With the purchase of this online course, you will receive:

  • 14 short, info-loaded videos to watch at your leisure

  • 6 customizable handouts

  • Access to our exclusive private FB group, where you can share all of your thoughts and advice with other pumping working parents, watch extra video content, and get special deals from our favorite product partners!

  • Weekly Live Q&As on our Facebook group, with a lactation consultant, to answer your burning questions (This might be my favorite part of the whole course!)

I want you to imagine how amazing it will feel to meet your personal breastfeeding/pumping goals, despite going back to work.

Ready to make this happen?

For more information about the course, check out our online course page

How to purchase the course RIGHT NOW:

In honor of our online course launch, you may use this coupon code (COURSELAUNCH20) to receive $20 off your purchase! This deal lasts only until June 30, 2019.

I can’t wait to support you along this journey!




San Diego Big Latch On Event 2019 - WHO'S READY???

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OMG! OMG! OMG!

Are you ready to find out the details for the Big Latch On San Diego 2019???

This year’s San Diego Big Latch On event is going to be our biggest and greatest one yet! Join the San Diego Breastfeeding Center, and our amazing co-hosts - Gymboree San Diego and Kindred Bravely, in a fun-filled event for the whole family!  We are returning to Liberty Station, but this time we will be in the HUGE grassy area, next to the playground and bathrooms on Cushing Road. All participants will have exclusive, free access to on-site Gymboree classes, a yoga class, and a babywearing workshop. So, while you wait for the actual Latch On to occur, you can grab some coffee/breakfast at one of the many delicious restaurants, hang out in the playground, attend a class/workshop, peruse the vendor booths (you won’t want to miss these!), and bid on our awesome opportunity drawing items!


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If you are a new to the breastfeeding world, you might be wondering what the heck is the Big Latch On?  The Big Latch On, 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!  Our Big Latch On event will also serve as a major fundraiser for our non-profit organization, the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation.

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Here are the preliminary details.  We will begin to share more about the event over the next few weeks!

When is the Big Latch On?

The Big Latch On event will take place on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 8:30am-noon.  The actual Latch On (children latching on to set a world record) will take place at exactly 10:30am, so don’t be late!  

Where will the Big Latch On take place?

Liberty Station Park in Point Loma, right next to the playground/bathrooms on Cushing Road.  

Is there a charge to participate?

Not at all!  This event is totally FREE!

Can I bring my family or is this just for breastfeeding parents and child/ren?

This is a totally family-friendly event! There will be plenty of things to keep older children entertained, so bring them all!

Please stay tuned for registration and agenda details!

Wondering how you and your business can get involved?

Since the Big Latch On event is THE major fundraiser for our nonprofit organization, the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation, we rely heavily on event sponsors and opportunity drawing donations.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or have a service/item to donate for our opportunity drawing, please send an email to Robin Kaplan (robinkaplan@sdbfc.com)

Get Ready for the Biggest Breastfeeding Event in San Diego!


Board Position Opening for the SDBFC Foundation

Are you passionate about breastfeeding and want to make a difference in the lives of local breastfeeding families?

Do you feel frustrated with the way our healthcare system marginalizes and often provides unequal care for low-income families?

If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions, keep on reading!!!

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The San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation is looking for a dynamic and creative person, who is passionate about resolving inequities in breastfeeding support, to join our board of directors for a 2-year term.  This is a volunteer position.

San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation mission:

The mission of San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation (SDBFCF) is to reduce socioeconomic disparities in breastfeeding support by increasing access to qualified lactation consultants for low-income families.  We do this by subsidizing free or reduced-fee breastfeeding consultations and classes to low-income and financially-limited families.

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Board Member Roles:

  • Attend about two 2-hour board meetings per year  

  • Attend our Big Latch On event during World Breastfeeding Week, the first week of August.

  • Help fundraise during our end-of-the-year email fundraising campaign

  • Provide creative ideas for community collaborations and fundraising campaigns/events

  • Assist with small tasks throughout the year that support/foster donor relations and solicit new donors

  • Available to respond to emails within 24 hours

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about breastfeeding and supporting breastfeeding families

  • Passionate about resolving inequities in the healthcare system

  • Availability to attend board meetings during business hours a few times per year

  • Natural ability to cultivate relationships

  • Willingness to fundraise within your own social circle, as well as through social media

  • Willingness to create and share new ideas for fundraising and community collaborations.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Robin Kaplan, board president, by April 22, 2019.  sdbfcfoundation@gmail.com




Diaper Donation Drive to Support Refugee Families Resettling in San Diego

Written by Anna Choi, BS, IBCLC


When you think of having a baby, and the items that are an absolute MUST have, diapers are pretty close to the top of the list, second only to breastmilk or formula. Whether you choose to cloth diaper or use disposable diapers, you need something to cover that sweet baby’s bum! For families on a limited or fixed income, the cost of diapers can be very overwhelming. Since part of our mission at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center is to give back to our community, while working to grow a strong network of support for families in San Diego, we are excited to announce the details for our next diaper drive!

This year’s diaper drive will support refugee families who have resettled in San Diego, with diapers going to three organizations who make a hugely positive impact on the lives of refugee families: The International Rescue Committee of San Diego, The Syrian Community Network of San Diego, and Catholic Charities of San Diego. Having fled war, persecution, and poverty, these families need our support more than ever. During our last diaper drive, we collected more than 3,000 diapers for San Diego refugee families. This year, our goal is to collect 5,000 diapers! Our diaper drive will begin on Wednesday, April 3rd and end on Wednesday, May 1st.


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To tell you a little more about the refugee families that will receive these diapers, here are a few words from Chris Williams, a Program Manager for Refugee Services in San Diego:

“We are currently working with a number of Haitian families that have recently arrived in San Diego and are in a very difficult situation. Haiti is often described as the poorest country in the western world, with more than half of the entire population living below the poverty line and a quarter living in extreme poverty - surviving on less than $1.25 per day. This, on top of devastating natural disasters over the past decade, has caused many Haitians to flee their homes in search of a better life.

The relatively few families that make it to San Diego typically only get here after years spent living in similarly bad conditions in South and/or Central America and have often been victimized by human traffickers and other malicious actors. They are granted admission to the U.S. on humanitarian grounds, and in the past they have been offered a limited amount of government support along with work authorization to help them get on their feet here. In recent months, the government stopped providing this support and stopped providing new families with the documents they need to work - which is unfortunate, because all of them want to work.

This leaves the families in a precarious situation, and many of them are staying in church shelters. They don't have access to public benefits like food stamps and Medi-Cal, though many of the women are pregnant or have recently given birth. We are working to support these families - and these babies - in a number of ways, though a great deal of help is still needed. Diapers aren't cheap and are always in short supply, though always very much needed.”

Having met many refugee families and spoken with resettlement workers, 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 La Mesa {8325 University Ave La Mesa 91942}, every Wednesday from 11:30am-1pm. If you would like to donate diapers, but are unable to drop off during that time, please contact Anna Choi to schedule a drop off. 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.



Check Out Our Line-Up of New Classes at SDBFC!

Check Out Our Line-Up of New Classes at SDBFC!

We are so excited to share with you our line-up of new classes starting in February at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center.  Our new space in La Mesa is truly feeling like a new home and we are loving how comfortable and welcoming it feels.  Branching out to offer classes beyond breastfeeding is something new for us, but we realized that there are very few places in East County that offer parenting support for new families.  Our goal is to offer a wide variety of classes, full of resources to support you throughout the first few years of your parenting journey, creating a community in our space and beyond.

We're Moving!

Did you hear our big announcement on Facebook and Instagram yesterday???

We’re Moving!

Check out our adorable new office!

Check out our adorable new office!

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we get to share this HUGE news with you!  After months of looking for a new home for SDBFC, we have officially signed a lease and are moving at the end of December.  Our new home is an adorable 1000sf house with two consultation rooms, a classroom, patient parking/tons of free street parking, close freeway access, and walking distance to family-friendly restaurants/coffee shops (the perfect place to hang out after a consultation or class!)  For the past 9 years, it has been Robin’s dream to have a free-standing breastfeeding and parent-education center and our new location feels absolutely perfect! 

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Now that we will have our own classroom space, we hope to offer a variety of prenatal and postpartum classes, ranging from childbirth education and newborn care to postpartum exercise, infant massage, and interactive parent/baby classes.  Please stay tuned as we begin to announce new class offerings for you and your kiddo, as well as a grand opening sometime in February/March.  





New Location Details:

New address for San Diego Breastfeeding Center (as of January 2, 2019)

8325 University Ave.

La Mesa, CA 91942

Breastfeeding support group info:

December 2018 - Wed breastfeeding support group will remain at our Hillcrest office for the rest of the month from 11:30a-1p

January 2019 - Wed breastfeeding support group will move to our University Ave office.  Same time: 11:30a-1pm

Class details:

If you, or someone you know, teaches prenatal, postpartum, or parenting classes and are interested in teaching in our new space, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Stephanie, at info@sdbfc.com.

We look forward to supporting you along your breastfeeding and parenting journeys! See you in La Mesa!

Meet SDBFC's Newest Lactation Consultant - Sophie Talke

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new lactation consultant on staff at SDBFC!  Sophie Talke is an IBCLC and Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist. She brings a wealth of knowledge working with children and their families, as well as personal breastfeeding experience. Welcome to the SDBFC family, Sophie!

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!

I am originally from the Bay Area in Northern California. I moved down to San Diego for college where I attended the University of California, San Diego and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology. I swam competitively during my four years at UCSD on their swim team. I fell in love with the San Diego area. The warm weather, beaches, and active lifestyle could not be beat! A couple of years later, I decided to go to graduate school for Occupational Therapy. I completed my Masters degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. I moved back down to San Diego as soon I was finished. Several years later, I met my husband, Kurt, and we got married in beautiful Lake Tahoe. We now have an amazing 20-month-old son, Jacob, who is the light in our lives. He is full of joy and energy, and it has been so much fun watching him grow and learn everyday. We are a very active family and love to spend time outdoors. We run, hike, bike, swim, and love to travel together as a family. We recently got back from an amazing trip to Spain and cannot wait to plan another adventure soon!

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A LACTATION CONSULTANT?

After working in the occupational therapy field for over 8 years, I knew that I was still searching for the right fit and a specific area in which to specialize. I have always been drawn to the health field because I enjoy helping people and making a difference in their lives. I pursued lactation consulting before ever having a child of my own. It was through watching close friends and family members struggle with breastfeeding that I became interested in the field. This specialty was so intriguing, and I knew that it was going to be the perfect fit for me! Becoming a lactation consultant has personally helped me so much with my own breastfeeding journey with my son. I am excited to be able to work with mothers and babies while sharing my knowledge and experience with them.

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WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH SDBFC?

I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team! All of the IBCLCs are so caring, knowledgeable, and gifted at helping others become successful in their individual breastfeeding journeys. I have had multiple friends receive wonderful care through SDBFC, and they have been able to breastfeed despite various challenges. I am excited to be able to offer this same quality care to all of the families that I encounter along the way.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 TIPS FOR A BRAND NEW BREASTFEEDING FAMILY?

  1. Do not be afraid to ask for help! There is no shame in seeking help from others along the way, whether it is with breastfeeding or in any other area of your life.

  2. Keep an open mind and enjoy the journey ☺ Everyone’s journey is different, and that is okay!

  3. Remember that it is just a phase and you will get through it! Challenges may occur along the way, but you can and will persevere. You will come out the other end as a stronger person!

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Meet SDBFC's Newest Lactation Consultant - Mahea Buckler

We are thrilled to announce that we have a new lactation consultant on staff at SDBFC!  Mahea Buckler is an RN with tons of postpartum and NICU experience. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team that she has gained in her RN and IBCLC training, as well as her personal breastfeeding experiences.  Welcome to the SDBFC family, Mahea!

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Tell us about yourself!

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii and have always been my best when I’m surrounded by nature! I moved to the “mainland” for college, and after living in Colorado for 6 years I met my future husband and moved to San Diego. As a Navy family we have been lucky to have lived in San Diego for nearly 12 years. We enjoy the beaches and the hiking that are available year-round. Before our daughter was born, I was working full time as an RN on the postpartum and NICU units. Once our son arrived, it made the most sense for our family for me to stay home with our two small kiddos.  It was during this time that my journey to become a lactation consultant began. I have always had a love of helping others, especially mothers and babies. Having the opportunity to pursue a career that allows me to fulfill that passion while also being a full-time and present parent has been a true gift!

 

What inspired you to become a lactation consultant?

I have always known I wanted to be a breastfeeding mother. However, I did not expect all of the overwhelming challenges that I would be faced with. I was unable to breastfeed my daughter, and although I pumped for her, there were so many emotions surrounding my feeling that I was inadequate and unable to feed my child. When my son was born I was determined to breastfeed him. Once again, we were met with unexpected challenges. Luckily, we found Robin and the SDBFC and they were able to help us work though these difficult times. Being a mother who has experienced exclusive pumping, supplementing and exclusive breastfeeding has given me a unique perspective on infant feeding and the ability to empathize with other mothers who face unique challenges. Through my experiences, my passion for helping other families with a desire to breastfeed their infants, grew. I became a lactation consultant to share my knowledge, experience and love for mothers and babies. 

 

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What are you most excited about working with SDBFC?

I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing team here at the SDBFC! I know first hand what a difference experienced lactation help can make for families, and I am passionate about providing that support for other families in the community. I am also excited to have the opportunity to create a relationship with our clients and assist them throughout their breastfeeding journeys. 

 

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

  1. Allow yourself grace, there will be challenges that you face. Give yourself the space to know that you’re not always going to be perfect… and that’s OK! 
  2. Ask for help! Sometimes as parents we feel deficient if we can’t accomplish every thing by ourselves. But we were meant to raise our kids in a village with people surrounding us with love and support. Find your village and support each other. You may be the one who needs help right now, but one day you will be able to provide help to another family. 
  3. Everyone’s breastfeeding and parenting journey looks different. Find what works for your family!