Breastfeeding Promotion & Support

The Family Health Division’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) and Nutrition Services Program promotes and supports public health efforts to make breastfeeding the normal method of infant feeding and nutrition for at least the first 6 months of life. Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for health, growth, immunity, and development.

Breastfeeding is healthy for both mom and baby. Breastfeeding creates a nurturing bond between them. Breast milk provides antibodies from mom that can protect baby from many illnesses and prevent allergies. For both mom and baby breastfeeding can decrease risk of diabetes, some cancers and it helps prevent obesity. For mom, breastfeeding reduces the risk for osteoporosis and post-partum depression. Breastfeeding can save the family money.

Breast milk is the perfect food for babies and the only food that most babies need for the first 6 months. Slowly start adding solids at 6 months of age but keep breastfeeding for the first year (or longer). Breastfeeding takes practice but it is worth it for you and your baby. For more information see below:

 

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Services for WIC Participants & Partners

  • Breastfeeding education and support prenatal and postpartum
  • Individual breastfeeding counseling & education
  • Access to electric, manual and pedal breast pumps
  • Breastfeeding handouts in English, Spanish and Vietnamese
  • Breastfeeding Helpline (714) 834-8363
  • Breastfeeding friendly clinic settings
  • Referrals to Lactation Consultants in the community
  • Orange County Breastfeeding Resources
  • Breastfeeding Resources List
  • Breastfeeding Tips

For assistance with WIC materials, client referral or information on collaborative opportunities, please call Laurence Obaid (714)347-4512 or 1-888-YOUR WIC.

 

Information for Professionals and Hospitals

 

Breastfeeding Statistics

 

Additional Links/ Resources

 

For more information, call the Health Referral Line
(800) 564-8448
TDD (phone for the hearing impaired)
(800) 801-7100