Breastfeeding Month, August 2021

By Caroline Wick on July 21, 2021


UCSF Celebrates Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding*

August is a special month to promote, protect, and encourage breastfeeding/chestfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend that infants to be exclusively breastfeed for their first six months to aid growth, development, and to protect infants and birthing people from harmful bacteria, viruses, and illnesses.

Take this time to celebrate our families, communities, UCSF patients, and lactation supporters. UCSF is on a journey to becoming a Baby-Friendly Hospital, and has outstanding partners like the California Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF MILK research lab, UCSF Ahituv Lab, UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, UCSF EMBRACE, UCSF Family Services, and phenomenal pediatric, obstetric, midwifery, dentistry, speech pathology, osteopathy, neonatology, and other health care teams.

Week 1 | World Breastfeeding Week

Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility
Join Dr. Yarden Golan Maor, PhD
Webinar: Immune Response During Lactation After COVID-19 Infection and Vaccination by Dr. Yarden Golan Maor, PhD
When: August 2nd, 11:00am-12:00pm (PDT)

Week 2 | Indigenous Milk Medicine Week

Nourishing Our Futures
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Week 3 | Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week

Reclaiming Our Traditions
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Week 4 | Black Breastfeeding Week

The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power
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Call for Art and Poetry to Celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week!
UCSF is holding an art/poetry contest to honor and celebrate the resilience and beauty of Black Breastfeeding. All people of all ages are welcome to enter. Prizes will be awarded in a form of a gift card. Submit your art/poetry to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by August 10, 2021.

Event: Celebrate your art/poetry and meet local organizations, UCSF departments, and resources in a virtual event.
When: August 31, 1 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Virtual (Zoom)
Register: Eventbrite


Q&A Session with Dr. Michal A. Young | Reclaiming an African-American Tradition: Breastfeeding

As you rest and meditate on your art submission, attend the previously recorded Ground Rounds featuring Dr. Michal A. Young. Explore the historical precedents leading to inequities in breastfeeding, and paths forward, including the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
When: August 25, 4PM - 5PM
Where: Zoom Webinar- TBA

Watch or listen here: Box Video File

*UCSF Family Services will be using the term breastfeeding to describe August events to reflect national and partner references. Breast/chestfeeding and lactation are our preferred inclusive terms. Chestfeeding is a term that can be used by anyone to describe how they feed and nurture their children from their bodies.