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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.
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2013 In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data
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.
2012 MIHA Breastfeeding Data
The Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) is an annual, statewide-representative survey of women with a recent live birth in California. MIHA collects self-reported information on maternity care practices known to support breastfeeding, including: skin-to-skin contact, early breastfeeding initiation, rooming-in, formula supplementation, pacifier use, and receipt of gift packs containing formula, as well as infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity.
5th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit, Call To Action: Gold Rush of Breastfeeding Support
Access the summit power points presentations, handouts and photos.
My Plate resources were developed to help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Tools and handouts encourage teens and pregnant and breastfeeding women to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on their plates every day and be physically active.