Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition hosts donor breast milk drive
–The Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition (CCBC) will host the fourth annual Donor Breast milk Drive on Oct. 11, 2017, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the French Hospital Medical Center, Education Pavilion auditorium on the third floor. The drive Supports the San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank to nourish premature babies. French Hospital is located at 1191 Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo.
A mother sometimes does not produce enough breast milk for extremely premature babies. Donated breast milk can provide important protection for these fragile babies and help prevent a potentially fatal condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), inflammation of the intestine.
Join the CCBC drive to learn about breast milk donation, screen to become a donor and donate your properly stored frozen milk. You will have the opportunity to meet lactation consultants and get information about local community resources. Light refreshments will be served, and a children’s play area will be available. Donors will receive a thank you gift.
Breast milk is not only nourishment but is also medicine for infants. It contains antibodies, disease-fighting stem cells, anti-virus, anti-allergy, anti-parasitic, and anti-cancer properties that provide both short and long-term protection. Breast milk contains growth factors, enzymes, hormones, probiotics and other nutrients that help infants to grow and to develop optimally. Breastfeeding provides benefits to the mother with increased bonding with baby, better healing post-delivery, less incidence of postpartum depression, and decreased the likelihood of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition programs have achieved high positive impact on San Luis Obispo County. The county is now ranked fourth in California for exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge, up five ratings from ninth place last year. Eighty-eight percent of all babies born at a hospital in SLO County were exclusively breastfed. The Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition brings together a collaborative team of breastfeeding advocates to network, share resources, accomplish projects, and provide breastfeeding education based on current research and best practice. Our members include private, hospital-based and county lactation consultants, as well as lactation educators and experienced breastfeeding mothers with a passion for helping others with breastfeeding.
The Center for Family Strengthening provides non-profit fiscal management services, disbursement of payments to the lactation consultants, and with the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition, tracks breastfeeding rates, outcomes and completion of reports. Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. Center for Family Strengthening partners with family support organizations in SLO County to provide resources to families in need, to protect children from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that strong families are a community priority.