Health Tips / Pregnancy / Breastfeeding


As stated by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC), breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most babies. It can also lower the risk for certain health conditions for both babies and mothers.

Research suggests that breastfeeding has benefits for both you and your infant. According to the CDC, the benefits include:

Lower risk for infants of:

  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Severe lower respiratory disease
  • Ear infections
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for preterm infants

Lower risk for mothers of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast cancer


The longer you can breast feed, the more health benefits you may experience. 

Learn more about breastfeeding from the Office on Women’s Health

Nursing your new baby and looking for a breast pump? Get a breast pump at no-cost.

Reach your breastfeeding goals with a breast pump. Your breast milk provides all the nutrition your baby needs. Please call 650-616-2165 for more information. 

• Pumping Essentials: 866-688-4203 or visit the Pumping Essentials website
• Shield Healthcare: 1-800-675-8840
• Mother’s Milk Bank: 408-638-2846