Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. The center partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.

Helping families thrive.
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CFS receives $50,000 gift from Mindbody Inc. Employee

Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition benefits from this magnanimous gift.

Mom with babyThe Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition receives a $50,000 gift from an employee at Mindbody. The Employee (who wishes to remain anonymous) expresses a deep commitment to creating awareness of the long-term intrinsic benefits of breastfeeding for the infant. The purpose of the gift is to expand breastfeeding programs, education, and resources and to support and encourage families in their breastfeeding journey.

Importance of Breast Milk

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.

Impact of Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition

Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition programs have already achieved high positive impact on our Community. Our 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.

This generous gift provides additional resources to the Coalition to expand its programs in several areas. One of these is educational outreach conferences such as “Breastfeeding the Premature Infant” featuring Dr. Paula Meier, which will take place on May 19, 2017. Educational conferences of this caliber are signature events for healthcare professionals in San Luis Obispo County and throughout California.

Up to 300 healthcare professional are expected to attend the May 19 conference, including physicians, advanced practice healthcare providers, community educators, advocates and supporters of breastfeeding.    

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.  


About Center for Family Strengthening (formerly SLO-CAP): In 1988 the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors designated Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) as the self-governing entity responsible for local efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. 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, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority. To donate or learn more about Center for Family Strengthening go to or call 805 543-6216.

About the Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition: The Cental 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.


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