BREASTFEEDING & MORE

A Healthy and Strong Beginning

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend: Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continued breastfeeding through one year and beyond

Benefits for Mom

  • Bonding
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Decreased risk of ovaian, uterine and breast cancers
  • Cost effective
  • Helps to return to pre pregnancy weight

Benefits for Baby

  • Bonding
  • Breast Milk is easily digested
  • Grows a strong, healthy brain & body
  • Immune protection 
  • Decreased risks of obesity, diabetes, ear and respiratory infections

TOPICS

CAN I BREASTFEED?

YOU CAN DO IT! Many mothers worry if they will be able to breastfeed or make milk. It can take practice in the beginning. Be patient with yourself while you and baby are learning and ask for HELP! If you have difficulties, there is support and resources to help you. 

If you need help, talk to a lactation professional and your doctor. Find breastfeeding support for Ventura County by clicking the button below. 

MEDICATIONS & BREASTFEEDING

Do you need to take medications while breastfeeding? 

Start here at this website & continuing communicating with your doctor about your goal to breastfeed. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking or stopping any medications. 

We have many resources for you and your provider to learn more about the safety of medications & breastfeeding. 

BREASTFEEDING AND RETURNING TO WORK/SCHOOL

Many moms need to return to work or school in the first year of baby's life. There are many resources, tips and ideas to help you be successful in continuing to pump and breastfeeding after returning to work. 

BREAST MILK DONATION

Do you have extra breast milk stored that you would like to donate to premature and sick babies in need? We refer to the San Jose Milk Bank. They make it easy and arrange to have a cooler mailed to and from your home. 

Breast Pumps & Pumping

Do I need a pump?

If baby is having trouble latching or born premature, a breast pump can help a mother to provide her breast milk for her baby. Whether for separation from infant, difficulty latching the baby or returning to work, we have resources for you.  Learn more about pumps:


How do I get a pump?

 

  • Our directory has a full list of local pump rentals & sales. 
  • Check with your employer or insurance company for your benefits or for reimbursement. 
  • WIC participants: hospital grade pump loans are available at your site. Call (805) 981-5251. 
  • Target Breast Pump Program
  • Hygeia Breast Pumps-see "Moms Get More" Program


Hygeia "Moms Get More" Program

Award winning, Hospital-Grade double electric pumps covered by MediCal, Gold Coast and Private Insurances. 

Easy application & pumps are mailed to your home. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

NICU FAMILIES

Premature and sick babies need breast milk. "Making milk for your baby is one of the most important things you can do when your child is born early or is sick. Your milk contains many factors to help your baby stay healthy and grow better while in the intensive care unit."  Having your baby in the NICU can be a very stressful time. We want to encourage you, there are resources and support available to you:

MILITARY FAMILIES

We want to thank you for your service to our Country! There are resources and support specifically available to Military Families:

DOULA, MIDWIVES & BIRTH CENTERS

List of birth resources provided by the Ventura County Birth Professionals Group

BREASTFEEDING VIDEOS

BREASTFEEDING IN THE FIRST HOURS AFTER BIRTH

GLOBAL HEALTH MEDIA 

globalhealthmedia.org

AMEDA BREASTFEEDING BASICS VIDEO

AMEDA YOUR BABY KNOWS HOW TO LATCH ON

AMEDA: HOW DO MY BREASTS MAKE MILK?

AMEDA: SECRET TO A GOOD LATCH

AMEDA: WHICH POSITION IS BEST FOR YOU?

MEDICATIONS & BREASTFEEDING

Do you need to take medications while you are breastfeeding?

Start here at this website & continuing communicating with your doctor about your goal to breastfeed. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking or stopping any medications. 

Additional resources for moms: download the MommyMeds App on your phone. mommymeds.com

MotherToBaby.org

Email, text, or call in English or Spanish your questions about medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding.


LactMed

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a database to check compatibility of medications and breastfeeding.