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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

California Infant Feeding Guide
This guide is an update to the Chapter 9: Lifecycle: Normal Infant Feeding (0-12 months), found in the California Food Guide, California Department of Public Health, 2008.

Recorded Webinar: 9 Steps To Breastfeeding Friendly: Guidelines for Community Health Centers and Outpatient Care Settings (Guidelines) New
Recorded webinar on guidelines to support community health centers and outpatient care settings to successfully implement practices and policies that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

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.

California mPINC Data 
Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is a national survey of maternity care practices and policies that is conducted by the CDC every 2 years. California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division, published mPINC Benchmark Reports for counties with at least 5 facilities participating in the mPINC Survey and each of the Regional Perinatal Programs of California. These benchmark reports were created to provide RPPC coordinators and other breastfeeding stakeholders with local data to facilitate their work with hospitals in improving breastfeeding care.

MIHA 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.

 7th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit, California Dreamin': Communities Moving Beyond the Horizon. January 25-27, 2017, Garden Grove, California.

Systems and Environmental Changes

A toolkit to support optimal nutrition, physical activity, and breastfeeding through fostering partnerships between local health jurisdiction's Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs and existing organizations to promote healthy environment changes.

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