In this story we go to Stockton where one program is working to improve San Joaquin County’s breastfeeding rate — currently it has one of the lowest in the state.
In California low-income mothers are the least likely to breastfeed. San Joaquin County ranks 38 out of 50 for the lowest county breastfeeding rates.
In recent years in-hospital breastfeeding rates among all Californians has risen by 8%. The highest increases occurred among Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and African- American mothers.
One of the primary reasons for the increase has been not only education, but support services. Delta Health Groups is helping the effort with their peer-to-peer breastfeeding program and lactation specialists.