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Department of Health Services

Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health


Mother breastfeeding

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

Healthy is the American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting website. You will find answers there in English and in Spanish to dozens of breastfeeding questions!

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La leche league international offers a 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.

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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. La leche league offers local support at the Santa Rosa Birth Center every first Friday of the month from 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Email for more information.

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.

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

Get a Breast Pump!

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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.

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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.