The Effect of California's Paid Family Leave Law on Breastfeeding, Immunizations, and Well Child Visits
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Paramount to this study is the measurement of outcomes related to infant and young child health. We explore several alternative indicators including the incidence and duration of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding, the adequacy, frequency, and order of immunizations, and pediatric visits for infants and young children. We discuss the implications of these measures and the obstacles in balancing precision against practicality while obtaining an apt characterization of infant and child health. Our initial findings suggest that PFL significantly increases the duration of breastfeeding. Infants born to women from more disadvantaged backgrounds were more likely to further extend breastfeeding duration (this includes women who were impoverished, had participated in WIC, or who had less than 12 years of education). Our conference paper (in progress) will also present findings related to immunizations and pediatric visits. Our findings will provide important evidence regarding the possible health effects of expanding these PFL policies beyond the few states where they currently exist.
- NIS_APPAM paper_final.pdf (756.1KB)