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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

Childhood Obesity Conference June 29-July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA

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

State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act (PDF)Opens in new window
This issue brief explores how states and communities can capitalize on the opportunities presented by the ACA to advance breastfeeding.

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.

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