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photos of mother and childDid you know that breastfeeding has proven, significant health benefits over infant formula for both infants and mothers?

Breastfeeding is the best choice for infant feeding because:

  • it is the perfect first food for babies' growth and brain development;
  • it protects your baby against diarrhea, constipation, allergies, asthma, cancer, diabetes, ear infections, tooth decay, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs);
  • it is convenient and environmentally sound;
  • it even provides health benefits for mom!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of baby's life, and that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mutually desired.

Sonoma County Breastfeeding Resource Guide English | Spanish (pdf)
This guide, provided by the Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition, contains contact information for a variety of breastfeeding support services and programs. These resources are for you if:

  • You would like information on classes about breastfeeding or support groups for breastfeeding mothers.
  • You need advice or have questions about breastfeeding your baby.
  • You are having problems breastfeeding your baby and would like someone to help you.
  • You would like to rent or buy a breast pump or other nursing supplies.

Please contact the Breastfeeding Coalition to add your agency to this guide or to submit a revision. The Breastfeeding Resource Guide print version is updated each spring, and the pdf version is updated soon after revisions are submitted.

Breastfeeding Groups Directory English | Spanish (pdf)
Source: The Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition.

Breastfeeding Picture Guide
Source: March of Dimes.

Breastfeeding: Strategies for Success
Source: March of Dimes.

Secrets of Baby Behavior
This blog from UC Davis Human Lactation Center is a great resource for professionals and parents, providing practical information for better understanding babies' cues and messages. Research-based, the advice and tips enable parents and care providers to better understand babies' needs for appropriate feeding, sleep and care.

Breastfeeding in the Workplace

Breastfeeding Support in the Workplace (pdf)
Developed by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, this 6-page issue paper explains the benefits of breastfeeding support in the workplace, and outlines simple, effective strategies employers can use to develop a support program tailored to the company.

California Breastfeeding Laws and Regulationss
Source: California Breastfeeding Coalition.

Break Time to Express Milk (pdf)
California Labor Code section 1030 requires employers to provide adequate break time for nursing mothers to express milk.

Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (pdf)
This US Department of Labor fact sheet explains the break time requirement for nursing mothers that was established by the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" that was signed in to law on March 23, 2010.

Lacation Accommodation Policy: Sonoma County Department of Health Services (pdf)
The Department of Health Services promotes and supports breastfeeding and the expression of breast milk by employees who are breastfeeding when they return to work.

Breastfeeding in the News

photo of mother and childThe Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
On January 20, 2011, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.

Healthy People 2020 Objectives Combat the Barriers to Breastfeeding
Source: United States Breastfeeding Committee.

Healthy People 2020 Objectives: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
Scroll down to "MICH-21: Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed."
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Breastfeeding Data and Reports

A Report on California Breastfeeding and Hospital Performance - Sonoma County (pdf)
Hospital polices have an enormous impact on a mother's initiation of breastfeeding. This report is from the California WIC Association. It compares local hospitals in terms of their numbers of new moms who exclusively breastfeed while in the hospital, which is an important indicator of future breastfeeding success.

California Breastfeeding Statistics
Source: California Department of Public Health.

Related Links

California Breastfeeding Coalition

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Breastfeeding

La Leche League

United States Breastfeeding Committee

Do you support breastfeeding?

Become a member of the Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition!

Helpful Tips

Call your insurance company to check for lactation support and, or pump reimbursement.

Discuss with your medical provider if Medi-Cal will cover the services you need.

Breastfeeding experts have different amounts of training. IBCLC's (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants) have the highest level of qualification. Most hospitals and clinics have staff who are experienced with breastfeeding, but it's a good idea to ask specifically to know the level of their training and expertise.


For more information, please contact:
Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health
625 5th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 565-4494
Toll Free: (800) 427-8982

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