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Breastfeeding

​​​​Breastfeeding is the first step to a healthy life. 

Not only does breastfeeding create a special bond between a mother and her baby, it also provides great health benefits for both. 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 a mother and baby desire. 

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Breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illnesses and contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs.  Below are a few tips to help you get started:

  • You do have enough milk! Your newborn's stomach is the size of a cherry and will only hold 1/6 to 1/4 of a teaspoon or less per feeding.
  • Your breast milk may look yellow and be thicker the first few days. This is colostrum and is the best milk for your newborn. As your baby's stomach develops and is able to hold more milk, your breast milk will also increase and change to be a thin white color.
  • Cuddle! Skin-to-skin contact comforts your baby and stimulates an increase in your milk supply. This is a great way for your partner to bond with baby too.
  • Watch those early hunger cues and not the clock. Babies communicate that they are hungry by moving their mouth, arms and legs and sucking on their hand.
  • Babies cry for a lot of reasons. Don't worry, you will figure out what they need. Be as kind and patient to yourself as you are with your baby.
  • Keep practicing. Breastfeed about 8 to 12 times a day to ensure your baby gets enough milk.

For support and local resources, call: (408) 885-5950.

To download these tips, click one of the following languages: English, SpanishVietnamese and Chinese .

Here are two recommended resources with tips and answers to questions that moms often have about breastfeeding:

Need help right away?

​The Breastfeeding Task Force of Santa Clara Valley offers a comprehensive Santa Clara County Breastfeeding Resource Directory (EnglishSpanish, and Vietnamese ) of local breastfeeding resource and support, including:

Returning to Work 

Mothers and employers visit our Mother-Friendly Breastfeeding Worksites​ page to learn about breastfeeding policies at the workplace that provides benefits for mothers, children, families, employers, and society.

The Breastfeeding Task Force of Santa Clara Valley 

The Breastfeeding Task Force of Santa Clara Valley is a collaborative of local organizations, agencies, and individuals working together to promote maternal and infant health through breastfeeding. The Task Force meets bi-monthly, please visit Breast Feeding Task Force of Santa Clara Valley for more information and meeting dates.

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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month


August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Santa Clara County and across the country. August 1st-7th is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week! In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation for lifelong good health for babies and mothers. Learn more at worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

The Breastfeeding Taskforce of Santa Clara County will be hosting their Annual Breastfeeding Celebration to recognize and honor Mother/Baby Friendly worksites and Breastfeeding Champions. Join us at the below location and date:

2019 Annual Breastfeeding Celebration
Wednesday August 21st, 2019
3pm - 4:30pm
Sobrato Center for Non-Profits
Room Cupertino A
1400 Parkmoor Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
Learn more about the celebration and R.S.V.P.​  

Come meet Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Public Health, and other Breastfeeding Champions at our month-long series of Breastfeeding Awareness events. Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, get linked to breastfeeding resources and walk away with some cool prizes too! Visit us at the below locations and dates:

Valley Health Center Gilroy
Friday August 2nd, 2019
8am - 12pm
7475 Camino Arroyo
Gilroy, CA  95020

Valley Health Center Milpitas
Tuesday August 6th, 2019
9am - 5pm
143 N. Main Street
Milpitas, CA  95035

Valley Health Center Bascom– VMC Specialty Clinic
Wednesday August 7th, 2019
10am - 2pm
The Farmers Market
751 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

Valley Health Center East Valley
Thursday August 8th, 2019
9am - 12pm
1993 McKee Road
San Jose, CA 95116

Valley Health Center Tully
Friday August 9th, 2019
10am - 1:30pm
500 Tully Road
San Jose, CA 95111

Valley Health Center Downtown San Jose
Tuesday August 20th, 2019
9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm
777 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Valley Health Center Sunnyvale
Thursday August 29th, 2019
9am - 3pm
660 Fair Oaks Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94086


Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health
1993 B McKee Road
San Jose, CA 95116
Phone: (408) 937-2250
Fax: (408) 937-2252 ​

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Last updated: 8/2/2019 12:39 PM