The Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition (formerly known as the Breastfeeding Coalition of Greater Sacramento) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that advocates for breastfeeding families of all backgrounds in Sacramento County. is a non-profit association of regional representatives, businesses, mothers/birthing folks, lactation consultants, and other health care professionals. We welcome anyone interested in improving infant, family, and community health by making breastfeeding the societal norm as we promote, support, and protect breastfeeding in all areas of life.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. via Zoom
Find out more on our Events page or on Facebook.
Meet Our Board Members
Debbie was inspired to become an IBCLC when she became a mother 32 years ago, and the only hope for help was La Leche League. Since then she has been an LLL Leader, IBCLC and LC mentor for over 25 years. Most recently, she has been a Clinical Nurse III/Lactation Consultant at UCD Medical Center for 8 years. She has been active on the SBC Board since 2012, and is proud of the development of the African American Subcommittee and the development of the Karen Evon Scholarship. She recently joined the Board of the California Breastfeeding Coalition and participated in the LEAARC Board www.leaarc.org from 2013-2019. However, her happiest moments are still helping breastfeeding families. It’s a calling.
When she is not working, she loves family time with her hubby Dan, sons Josh and David, and cuddling with her dogs: Aliyah, Tux, and Billy Bob. Mostly everyone knows that she loves coffee and good times with family and friends, and she is missing hugs during the pandemic.
Debbie Albert, BSN, PhD, IBCLC
Kavisa Wood is a Certified Lactation Education Counselor, Yoga teacher and business owner of Nourishing Justly. She has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University which she applied in her previous career in Data Management Consulting. Kavisa's work is centered around justice, health equity and nourishing community wellbeing.
Breastfeeding her son for over 2 years was a source of bonding, joy, nourishment and pride for Kavisa. There were some harder moments when she experienced milk blebs and plugged ducts, however she was able to ameliorate the situation and continue. After learning of the many benefits, Kavisa became a lactivist - breastfeeding in public if her son was hungry, reading legislations, signing petitions for better breastfeeding support and work policies and talking about lactation whenever she got the chance. As Kavisa heard numerous stories from mothers who received limited support and education from other healthcare professionals, read the low rates of breastfeeding in the United States and racism demonstrated in healthcare, she was inspired to help others on their lactation journey. She is currently taking coursework on her path to become an IBCLC.
Kavisa and her husband, Dr. Schuyler Wood met while teaching high school Math and Physics in Tanzania as Peace Corps Volunteers. They have 3 kiddos - 2 daughters and 1 son. Kavisa enjoys reading, running, yoga, boxing, African dance and coffee.
Kavisa Cyprian Wood, CLEC
Jennifer is a nurturing caregiver with a passion for helping new parents and babies. She is a postpartum doula certified since 2018through DONA International and a Certified Lactation EducatorCounselor certified since 2011 through UCSD extension. She serves clients privately through her business, My Postpartum Doula, by providing practical, informational, and emotional support during the early weeks after birth. Additionally, Jennifer is a RN licensed since1999 with training and experience in hospital, birth center, and home-birth settings. She trained and worked as a postpartum and well-baby nurse at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. She taught childbirth education classes independently and was certified through ICEA from 1998 – 2006. She also worked as a RN and a midwife’s assistant in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento areas. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and completed her pre-licensure nursing education at UCSF.
Jennifer is the mother of two teenagers and one young adult and has been married to her college sweetheart for over 25 years. As the daughter of two retired CPA’s, Jennifer enjoys serving as the treasurer for the Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition. In her spare time, she enjoys strength-training, dancing, reading, hiking, and knitting.
Jennifer DeLugach, RN, PCD(DONA), CLEC
Shireen is a passionate community member who is aspiring to become a Nurse-Midwife and Lactation Consultant in order to nurture the foundation of our future generations. She is a Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor and a Certified Doula, and has found her journey to birth-work to be incredibly healing for her personally, and hopes to carry on healing and empowerment to the birthing people she works for. While having a focus on preventative health, she found her calling to the perinatal field while getting her Bachelors in Clinical Nutrition at UC Davis. Shireen loves to be engaged in her community and served as both Secretary and Social Media Co-Chair from 2018-2020 shortly after becoming a member of the Coalition. She also serves as a volunteer doula and perinatal volunteer in Yolo county. She strives to learn how to best support the needs of the LGBTQ community meanwhile amplifying the voices of BIPOC folks.
When she is not involved with perinatal work she writes music, enjoys fusion dancing, potlucks, watching the sunset, and loves cooking delicious and healthy foods.
Shireen Olyaie, CLEC, CD(DONA)
Social Media Co-Chair
Adia Gipson has been helping mothers with breastfeeding for over 18 years. She grew up in Richmond, California, and moved to Sacramento in 1994. She married her college sweetheart 22 years ago, and they have two sons, ages 20 and 17. Adia has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Health and Wellness with a focus in Lactation Studies, both from Union Institute and University. She has doula training, and completed her lactation internship at UC Davis Medical Center. Adia earned her IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) certification in 2018, and Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente currently employs her as a Lactation Consultant and Health Educator II. Her breastfeeding journey started after giving birth to her eldest son in 2000. She had the desire to breastfeed her child but had no idea how to do it. With no African American role models around her and no one in her family to guide her on breastfeeding, she went on a quest to find information and resources through books and magazines articles. Her husband and mother were her biggest supporters. They knew how vital breastfeeding became for her, and she succeeded with breastfeeding her first son for 14 months and her second son for 10 months. Because of the struggles she faced on her journey, she made a vow to help the mothers in my circle with breastfeeding. Today, she is fulfilling her promise and assisting mothers in her community and circle by being one of the founders of Golden Journey Empowerment.
Adia Gipson, MA, IBCLC
Jasmine Carranza is a wife and mother of three who has found her calling to heal through breastfeeding education in the black community. After being a stay at home mother for three years, in August of 2018 Jasmine accepted a job that would catapult her into the world of breastfeeding. Soon after a spark was ignited into a flame when Jasmine discovered that black women and babies have the lowest breastfeeding rate and the highest mortality rates which could be greatly reduced by breastfeeding. At that point Jasmine’s passion for normalizing breastfeeding in the black community began. In 2019 Jasmine became a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (CLEC) and began her journey to complete her Bachelors in Maternal child health with a focus on Human Lactation. Early on in 2020 Jasmine co-founded and launched Golden Journey Empowerment.
Jasmine Carranza, CLEC
African American Subcommittee Co-Chair
Samantha was inspired to become an IBCLC when she got her Bachelors in Nutrition Science at UC Davis. She was fascinated and inspired by maternal and infant health and nutrition, specifically lactation and breastfeeding, and developed a passion for helping mothers breastfeed. She has been with the WIC program since 2007 where she has worked as an IBCLC, a Regional Breastfeeding Liaison, and now supervises WIC's various breastfeeding support services. She has been involved with the Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition since 2013 when she began living and working again in Sacramento. When not working, she enjoys yoga, wine, cooking, and chasing after her toddler with her husband
Samantha Slaughter, BS, IBCLC
Angelia Leipelt, Angelia has been the Lactation Consultant and Doula Program Coordinator at Dignity Health Methodist Hospital for 16 years. She has been an IBCLC for 12 years. She is also a relief LC for Stanford Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Angelia loves being involved in Women’s Health Care and supporting the families we serve.
Her passions are hanging with the family, hiking with friends, running, cooking, shopping and reading. She has always been involved in volunteering and loves the opportunity to help others, and she attributes her parents as being very instrumental in teaching her to support others whenever possible.
Angelia Leipelt, IBCLC, ICCE, IHT, IBD
Amalia has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology. She is a mom of four breastfed kids and is currently breastfeeding the youngest two. Her passion for breastfeeding grew throughout her personal experiences. When she started working at Community Resource Project WIC around four years ago she was able to put her passion into action. As a Regional Breastfeeding Liaison, she has been able to build relationships with healthcare staff, community organizations, and businesses to promote accurate breastfeeding education and support. She is especially interested in advocacy and education regarding lactation accommodation for students and employees as well as paid family leave as a tool to increase breastfeeding success. Outside of work she loves reading and live theater. She especially loves to see her eldest daughter perform, her two boys play baseball, her one year old daughter explore the world, as well as spending time with her husband.
Amalia Saavedra, MPA, CLEC, PFL Educator, RBL Community Liaison