Skip to Content

Department of Health Services

Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health

Breast/chestfeeding

Breast/chest feeding

For optimal health of both baby and mom, infants should be fed only breast milk for the first 6 months after birth, whenever possible. Babies should continue to receive breast milk along with solid food for a year or more, as long as mother and baby desire it. Learn more about breastfeeding, get help when you need it, and know your breastfeeding rights.

Learn More About Breast/chestfeeding


 Find the answers to dozens of breast/chestfeeding questions at the American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting website

La leche league logo
La leche league international offers breastfeeding information from A-Z in English and in Spanish.

Get Support to Breastfeed Your Baby

Sonoma County breastfeeding coalition website
The Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition promotes and supports breastfeeding with information about local breastfeeding support resources and breastfeeding events.

Better beginnings
Better Beginnings for Babies hosts "Breastfeeding Cafes" throughout Sonoma County where parents can receive professional support from lactation specialists and consultatants at no cost. Call 707-902-3031 for more information.

La leche league logo

La leche league international offers online support groups in English and Spanish, online breastfeeding meetings, links to local support groups and a free e-newsletter

Breastfeeding with Sarah Breastfeeding with Sarah features videos from a local Registered Nurse, Public Health Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Sarah provides information on what to expect, how to latch and more, including when to seek support from an IBCLC.

Get Donor Breast Milk or Donate Breast Milk

Mothers Milk Bank logo
Pasteurized Donor Breast Milk is now covered by Medi-Cal with your medical provider's order- for many medical reasons, including low milk  supply. Learn more: https://mothersmilk.org/get-milk/.
Contact the Mothers' Milk Bank at 408-638-2822, email recipient.coordinator@mothersmilk.org, or on their website: https://mothersmilk.org

Become a Breast Milk Donor! Breast milk donation fulfills an important role in keeping babies healthy and thriving. YOU can save a life by donating your breast milk to the Mothers' Milk Bank. 
Learn more here

Learn More about Your Right to Breastfeed

California Breastfeeding Coalition

Know your rights to breastfeed and pump breastmilk at work, at school, in public transit stations and airports, and in public.

CDPH logo
Report issues at work, unlawful discrimination and learn more at the CDPH Breastfeeding Laws page.

Get a Breast Pump!

WIC logo
Call Sonoma County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) at (707) 565-6590 for details on how to obtain a breast pump. For information about additional WIC services, visit the Sonoma County WIC website.

Partnership health plan logo
If you or your baby have Partnership Health Plan you can call for help in English or Spanish to get a breast pump: (800) 809-1350 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.