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Breastfeeding and Healthy Living

Breastfeeding is the first step to a healthy life and forms a natural and lasting bond between mother and child.  The more a mother breastfeeds, the greater will be the benefits to mother and baby.  For this reason, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) highly recommends babies be fed only breast milk for the first six months of life.  Breastfeeding together with healthy foods is recommended to continue as long as mother and baby desire. 

News, Hot Topics, & Updates

Resources to meet the requirements of the Infant Feeding Act New
Hospitals Infant Feeding Act, California’s Health and Safety code

State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care ActNew
This issue brief explores how states and communities can capitalize on the opportunities presented by the ACA to advance breastfeeding. In particular, it examines state partnerships; financing of breastfeeding support and counseling services; promoting worksite accommodations; utilizing the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) to improve referral and tracking; and leveraging other funding opportunities.

It’s Only NaturalNew
Public education campaign that aims to raise awareness among African American women of the importance of and benefits associated with breastfeeding and provide helpful tips.

4th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit, Circles of Support to Remove Breastfeeding Barriers: A Collective Responsibility.New
An action-packed Summit to help California communities build a strong foundation of breastfeeding support that encircles women. The summit presentations are now available on the California Breastfeeding Coalition website.


Last modified on: 3/5/2014 3:28 PM