Breastfeeding Benefits Both Mom and Baby.

By August 8, 2023 No Comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with complementary foods for up to 2 years of age or longer.

Breastfeeding Benefits Both Mom and Baby

For more information, see CDC’s Breastfeeding Recommendations and Benefits English | Spanish

Benefits to Baby

Lower risk of:

  • Ear infections
  • Severe lower respiratory disease
  • Infections with diarrhea/vomiting
  • Sudden unexplained infant death

and more…

Benefits to Mother

Lower risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

and more…

Mothers Need Support Throughout Their Breastfeeding Journey

  • New dads and partners involvement play an important role and impact the success of breastfeeding and the care of your new infant.
    • For more information on how dads and partners can be involved: EnglishSpanish
  • Doula services are now covered under Medi-Cal; ask your provider!
    • Doulas are birth workers that provide physical, emotional, and nonmedical support, health education for women before, during and after childbirth.
  • Lactation consultants and educators may be available; ask your delivery hospital, prenatal provider or pediatrician.
  • WIC can also support eligible breastfeeding parents/caregivers with education and breast pumps. Call your issuing WIC agency for more information.

Working? There Is Support for You to Pump Milk for Your Baby at Work

Breastfeeding Resources:

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