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Contact Information
Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6400
FAX: (213) 639-1034
Breastfeeding Promotion

Babies are born to breastfeed! While a mother’s milk provides the best nutrition for her baby, there are often barriers preventing a new mother from feeling ready or comfortable breastfeeding her baby. The Breastfeeding Program wants to ensure that women and families have access to breastfeeding education and support in the clinics and hospitals, at work or school, and in every community.


Goal

To increase the percentage of infants in LA County who are breastfed


Objectives

  • Raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding
  • Partner with hospitals serving low-income communities in Los Angeles County to develop policies that support breastfeeding for new mothers and to achieve Baby-Friendly designation
  • Partner with community clinics to promote breastfeeding and provide breastfeeding education in both the prenatal and early postpartum periods.
  • Engage with employers to improve workplace support for nursing mothers
  • Continue to enforce the countywide lactation accommodation policy to support nursing mothers who return to work at the County

Highlights & Successes

  • California hospital breastfeeding data for 2014 showed a significant increase in exclusive breastfeeding from 49.3% (2012) to 53.3% (2013) for LA County!
  • There are currently numerous Baby Friendly hospitals in LA County and many more are beginning the process with help from the Department of Public Health, BreastfeedLA, and First 5 LA .
  • On July 31, 2012, the LA Board of Supervisors passed a Motion to encourage all hospitals in LA County to achieve Baby Friendly designation and to encourage all employers to adopt workplace lactation accommodation policies. http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/70284.pdf
  • Los Angeles City Hall opened its first ever official lactation room on August 15, 2012!

Resource & Links
For Parents

For Health Professionals
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) - Worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation
  • California Department of Health Services Breastfeeding Program - Reports and publications including hospital breastfeeding statistical tables by county
  • California WIC Association - Breastfeeding advocacy initiatives that increase initiation and duration of breastfeeding, particularly exclusive breastfeeding, as well as greater acceptance of breastfeeding as the accepted norm
  • BreastfeedLA - Dedicated to improving the health and well being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Recommendations on Breastfeeding for Healthy Term Infants (PDF File)
  • Breastfeeding Pharmacology - Breastfeeding and medications forum, hosted by Dr. Thomas Hale, R.Ph., Ph.D., International registry for lactation research
  • Ad Council National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign - Download "Baby's were born to be breastfed" Public Service Announcement video/audio clips and print ads

Recent and Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events please visit:
Breastfeed LA Calendar of Events
California Breastfeeding Summit
See highlights from the LA County Breastfeeding Summit on October 16, 2014! Drs. Gilchick and King spoke about county breastfeeding initiatives and overcoming racial disparities.


Contact:
 
Helen O’Connor
Breastfeeding Policy Analyst
213-639-6442
hoconnor@ph.lacounty.gov
 
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