Did 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 Guides
Sonoma County Breastfeeding Resource Guide
English | Spanish (PDF: 658 kB)
Breastfeeding Groups Directory
English | Spanish (PDF: 500 kB)
This guide is provided by the Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition and contains contact information for local healthcare agencies that assist women with breastfeeding. 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.
Know Your Rights: Breastmilk Expression in the Workplace
Federal and state laws require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk, for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth, each time such employee has need to express milk. Follow the links below to find out more about federal and state law.
California Breastfeeding Laws and Regulations
Source: California Breastfeeding Coalition.
Break Time for Nursing Mothers under the FSLA (PDF: 87.1 kB)
Source: US Department of Labor.
Rest and Meal Periods, Break Time to Express Milk (PDF: 194 kB)
Source: California Department of Industrial Relations.
Lactation Accommodation Policy (PDF: 1.5 MB)
Source: Sonoma County Department of Health Services.
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. Contact the Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition for help finding a specialist.
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health
Department of Health Services
Do You Support Breastfeeding?
Contact information for all of our MCAH public health nurses and social workers.
MCAH Program and Staff Directory (PDF: 2.4 MB)