We support and promote breastfeeding and the use of breastmilk as the normal way to feed infants, for at least the first year of life.
Breastfeeding mothers and babies benefit when their environments, homes, public spaces, and workplaces accommodate and encourage breastfeeding. There is strong evidence that factors in breast milk protect infants from a wide variety of illnesses including respiratory and digestive tract infections, ear infections, and urinary tract infections. Increasing scientific evidence has shown that breastfeeding significantly reduces rates of childhood obesity, and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued breastfeeding after introduction of solid food for at least the first 12 months.
In California, less than 24% of infants are exclusively breastfed at 6 months. Many women terminate breastfeeding early when they return to work. We strive to inform the community of California laws that give women the right to breastfeed in public and to have a comfortable, private space at work for expressing breastmilk; and encourage organizations to accommodate breastfeeding women. See our Breastfeeding Accommodation Policy to find out how you can help make your organization more breastfeeding-friendly.
In 2013 we trained over 50 healthcare providers serving the Monument Community of Concord on breastfeeding support best practices, and the next year we trained 20 community health advocates, or promotoras, in breastfeeding support and peer-counseling.