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.
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Resources to meet the requirements of the Infant Feeding Act
Hospitals Infant Feeding Act, California’s Health and Safety code
Guidance for Local Health Jurisdictions and Communities Addressing Infant Safe Sleep Environments (PDF)
Guidance for addressing the 2011 AAP recommendations, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. Please refer to the 2011 AAP policy statement and technical report for additional details.
It’s Only Natural
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.
An action-packed Summit to help California communities build a strong foundation of breastfeeding support that encircles women. Register by January 8 to get the best rate.