Parents & Families
Having an additional member in the family brings joy to many parents. However, there are many questions, concerns and issues arise that can make this period less joyful for some families.
Breastfeeding is more than just a way to feed your baby. It is the way you are naturally designed to begin your mothering journey. W hope this website will provide the information you need to make breastfeeding a great experience for you.
Benefits of BreastfeedingFor Infant: Breastfeeding can reduce risks for ear infections, diarrhea/constipation, pneumonia, and SIDS.
For Children: Children who were breast-fed have a lower risk of obesity, diabetes asthma, allergies, and cancer.
For Mom: Mom will find it easier to lose weight, lower her risk of breast and ovarian cancers, reduce risk for osteoporosis, and increase bonding with her infant.
For Family: Breasfeeding is less expensive and simpler than formula feeding. Powder formulas are not sterile, and therefore, require the caregiver to follow specific instructions to ensure infant safety (see below for instructions). Since breast-fed babies tend to be healtheir, parents take less sick leaves to take care of their children.
Helpful Info for Moms and FamiliesThis breastfeeding guide provides information on many topics regarding breastfeeding including:
- Finding comfortable positions.
- Correct Latching on
- How often to feed baby
- How to know when baby is hungry or full
- Tips for breastfeeding in public
Feeding MethodsExclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months is the recommended feeding method by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Breastfeeding benefits both infant and mother and is very natural. Even for some women with anatomical concerns (such as inverted or flat nipples, breast surgery, or breast injury), breastfeeding can be possible with the support of a lactation counselor.
Making Plenty of Breast Milk
How to Keep Your Breast Pump Kit Clean
How Dad Can HelpDads play an important role in breastfeeding. Women tend to breastfeed longer when they have supportive partners. Below are ways dads can help:
- Provide encouragement and support.
- Help mom ignore any negative comments she might hear about breastfeeding such as "Are ou sure you have enough milk?" or "Maybe you should use formula too."
- Bring baby to mom for breastfeeding during the middle of the night.
- Provide skin-to-skin contact with baby.
- Do Household chores like cleaning or cooking so mom can rest.
- Take care of baby (e.g., give baby a bath, change diapers, put baby to sleep, rock baby when she or he cries, etc.)
- If you have other children, spend time with them.
Know your RightsIt is very Important for moms to know about the California Breastfeeding Laws to ensure their rights and their infants' rights are being protected. Below are links to some of the breastfeeding Laws.
- Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision, US Department of Labor. For more information regarding this law, please see the Online Guide: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/workplace-law
- Breastfeeding in Public, The Law http://breastfeedinglaw.com/
- For other breastfeeding laws, please go to California Laws on Breastfeeding http://californiabreastfeeding.org/advocacy/california-breastfeeding-laws/
- The American Academy of Pediatrics
- A Guide to Breastfeeding (English)
Listen to this recording and presentation to learn more about the changes in the
updated California Infant Feeding Guide.
- Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision
- Online Guide: What You Need to Know About the "Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law"
- Breastfeeding in Public, The Law (English) (Spanish)
- California Laws on Breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School (English) (Spanish)