Breastfeeding and Lactation Accommodation


Breastfeeding is the first step to a healthy life. In addition to the bond created by the intimacy of breastfeeding, we now know that the more a mother breastfeeds, the greater are the benefits to both mother and baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that babies are breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life and to continue for at least the first year and as long as mother and baby desire.

Moms explain why breastfeeding was such a natural choice

Benefits of Breastfeeding
There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been proven to help the baby, the mom, the environment, and our community.

Top Reasons to Breastfeed

  1. Breastfeeding is more than just food

Breastfeeding helps mothers bond with their babies through intimate physical contact. Physical contact at the breast places the baby skin to skin and within hearing of their mother’s heart beat (which they have listened to within the womb) and helps newborns feel secure, warm and comforted; babies also are highly attuned to the unique smell of their mother’s milk.

  1. Breastfed infants are healthier

Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, less diarrhea and constipation, fewer and/or milder illnesses like colds and flu, and greater immunity to allergies, asthma, diabetes and some childhood cancers. They also have reduced risk of obesity during childhood and in later life.

  1. Breastfeeding is good for moms, too!

Women who breastfeed are healthier throughout their lives. Breastfeeding reduces the risks of some types of ovarian and breast cancers. Breastfeeding requires extra calories, making it easier to lose weight gained during pregnancy. Breastfeeding saves time. There are no bottles to warm and wash. Mother’s milk is naturally clean and warm. Sitting down to breastfeed helps moms rest and regain their strength after pregnancy. Breastfeeding hormones help moms relax and bond with their babies.

  1. Breastfeeding saves money

Formula is expensive. Moms who do not breastfeed need to buy bottles and other equipment. Additionally, formula-fed babies typically have higher health care costs than breastfed babies. Bonus: the IRS has now made breast pumps a tax deductible expense!

  1. Breastfeeding helps the environment

Breastfeeding is natural. It reduces the pollutants created as byproducts during the manufacturing of formula and its packaging. It also reduces the burden on our landfills – no wrappers, cans, bottle liners, etc.

  1. Additional benefits for the mother include:
    *Decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes
    *Decreased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer
    *Easier to return to pre-pregnancy weight

Resources for Nursing Moms

Though breastfeeding is natural to babies, can be new territory to a beginning mother and you may need additional assistance and support. San Benito County offers a wealth of local resources to support breastfeeding because we know that breastfeeding is what is most healthy for both babies and moms.

Need help right away?

Hazel Hawkins Nursing Mother Support Group

Natividad Medical Center Breastfeeding Support
Nursing Mothers Council
WIC Breastfeeding counselors and clinics

Online Resources

California Breastfeeding Coalition
California Department of Public Health Breastfeeding Website
California Department of Public Health Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
La Leche League Breastfeeding Support
Office of Women’s Health
Center for Disease Control Breastfeeding Guide






Public Health Division

351 Tres Pinos Road
Suite A-202
Hollister, CA 95023

(831) 637-5367

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TDD/TTY (831) 636-0385

Toll-free (800) 756-0385


Mon-Fri  8AM – 5PM

Deputy Director

Lynn Mello
Director of Nursing
Public Health Administrator

Health Officer

David Ghilarducci, MD, FACEP
Interim Health Officer

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