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Fourth Annual Donor Breastmilk Drive


Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition
Hosts Fourth Annual Donor Breastmilk Drive

Drive Supports the San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank to Nourish Premature Babies

Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition (CCBC) will host the fourth annual Donor Breastmilk Drive on October 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at French Hospital Medical Center, Education Pavilion, 3rd Floor, Auditorium.

Drive Supports the San Jose Mother’s Milk Bank to Nourish Premature Babies

A mother sometimes does not produce enough breastmilk for extremely premature babies. Donated breastmilk 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. 

 

2017 Donor Milk Drive Flyer in English

2017 Donor Milk Drive Flyer in Spanish

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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.

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.  

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