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Breastfeeding Initiative

Guidelines and Resources for Hospitals

Medical Professional in hospital room with breastfeeding women in background

Most hospitals do not fully support breastfeeding . Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity and other illnesses, and lowers medical costs.

Systems and Environmental Change 

California Infant Feeding Guide
A feeding guide for children from birth to one year of age, with a focus on breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policy Recommendations
Toolkit provides resources and web links to assist hospitals and health care providers in meeting the national and state public health breastfeeding goals. It includes both the full and summary of the Breastfeeding Model Hospital Policies.

Model Policy: Payer Coverage of Breastfeeding Support and Counseling Services, Pumps and Supplies 
Created by the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the National Breastfeeding Center to identify best practices for supporting coverage of services, pumps and supplies per the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Baby-Friendly™ Hospitals in California  
California leads the nation with hospitals achieving the prestigious Baby-Friendly Hospital designation

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