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Using Data to Drive Change: California State Fact Sheets

Advocacy, Breastfeeding Policy, Breastfeeding Support, Health Care Reform, Hospital Reports, Reports

Promoting breastfeeding is essential for improving maternal and child health in California. For over a decade, policymakers and advocates have relied on publicly reported data to guide, evaluate, and monitor initiatives aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates throughout our diverse state. These efforts, encompassing local and statewide education, interventions, and support, have led to a steady rise in in-hospital exclusive breastfeeding rates, benefiting nearly 300,000 families.

California Continues to Increase In-hospital Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates

To continue this progress, we need consistent and comparable data on breastfeeding exclusivity and duration. Such data will help build on the successes seen in California hospitals and drive further improvements in medical, workplace, and childcare settings.