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Governor Signs Bills to Help New Moms and Babies

October 7, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed several bills into law to help new moms and their babies. One (SB 502) ensures that all California maternity hospitals have an infant breast-feeding policy that is clearly posted. Laurie True with the California WIC Association says nearly 90 percent of California mothers enter the hospital intending to breast-feed, but only half end up doing so once they leave.

"It's very clear that women want to breast-feed, they understand the benefits of breast-feeding, but hospital policies — or the lack of them — undermine that decision. And the only way to give them that support is to insist that hospitals have very clear policies."

True says breast-feeding has been shown to help prevent the onset of chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and obesity, in both the babies and mothers.

"It's a free, low-cost behavior that can prevent a lot of diseases that are very expensive to treat down the line."

A recent Harvard University study estimated that the United States would save $13 billion annually if 90 percent of infants were breast-fed exclusively for six months. In Southern California, where breast-feeding rates are extremely low, First 5 LA commissioners have approved a grant of more than $10 million to improve Los Angeles County's low breast-feeding rates.

The governor also signed into law a bill that requires every individual health insurance policy include coverage for maternity services; and another that ensures working California women do not lose their employer-provided health insurance coverage while on maternity leave.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA