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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

National Breastfeeding Month 2014 New
August is National Breastfeeding Month, a time to advance breastfeeding on our Nation’s agenda through collaboration so that all U.S. families will have the opportunity to breastfeed.

2013 in-hospital breastfeeding data New
Hospitals are encouraged to utilize these data to integrate Quality Improvement efforts within the perinatal unit to ensure policies and practices are supportive of 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.

Last modified on: 7/30/2014 1:54 PM