Breastfeeding Awareness: Resources and Research

August is all about breastfeeding awareness. Every year the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee declares it National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM16). The first week (August 1-7) is World Breastfeeding Week and August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Here are some resources and the latest related research.

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Fatherhood Matters: Resources That Encourage Dads to Stay Involved With Their Kids

It’s Father’s Day this weekend, so we’ve rounded up a few resources you can use (all year long) to emphasize the importance of fatherhood.

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Pregnant Women Dumped by Covered California Into Medi-Cal, Without Notice or Consent

Lynn Kersey has some advice for pregnant women who bought health insurance policies from Covered California and want to keep them: Don’t report your pregnancy to the agency.

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“Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Resources and Training on Early Childhood Development From the CDC

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, the CDC has posted new resources and training — perfect for home visitors and families with little ones. And there’s plenty more where these came from …

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Medi-Cal Expands to Immigrant Children. Here’s How It Works.

In a few months, California will begin providing full Medi-Cal coverage to all low-income children — regardless of their immigration status. Depending on whom you ask, anywhere from 170,000 to 250,000 children who live in California and are in the country illegally will qualify. If you think your child will, or know a parent whose child will, state officials and health care advocates have a simple message for you: Take action now.

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Resources on Children’s Dental Health

February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Here are some resources that can help families learn about getting preventive dental care for their kids.

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Health Care and Legal Resources for Immigrant Families

Children of immigrants are the fastest growing population of children in the United States. These families face unique challenges and barriers to accessing health coverage and care. If you are a home visitor with L.A. county’s Family Strengthening Network, you probably provide services to immigrant families, so we’ve gathered some recent resources and research that we hope will be useful.

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Zika Virus: Information and Resources

U.S. and international health authorities report that the Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, and there are concerns about the possibility of a growing outbreak in the U.S. Here are the latest reports and resources.

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The Gift of Play: Brain Building and Bonding With Your Baby

You are your baby’s favorite toy! Playtime builds your baby’s brain and strengthens the parent-child bond. Here are some tips and activity ideas.

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ChooseHealthLAMoms.com Helps New Moms Achieve Healthy Weight

This week the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched ChooseHealthLAMoms.com, a free online resource to help new mothers in L.A. County get healthy after having a baby. By encouraging three simple activities — exclusive breastfeeding, drinking water, and walking — the website aims to help new moms return to a healthy weight. Moms can create an account on the website to get free lessons, text reminders, and a weekly tracker that …

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