Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be an important part of taking care of baby, and it can provide many benefits to both the mother and the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Surgeon General support breastfeeding. Click on the links below for resources about policies on breastfeeding, supporting breastfeeding families, general information on the benefits of breastfeeding and educational resources on breastfeeding for Home Visitors.

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on Breastfeeding
Supporting Breastfeeding Families
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Educational Resources on Breastfeeding

The Surgeon General’s Call to Support Breastfeeding discusses the importance of breastfeeding, provides data on national rates of breastfeeding, describes barriers to breastfeeding, explains public health issues related to breastfeeding, and includes action steps with detailed implementation strategies.

Supporting Breastfeeding at the Local, Community, and State Levels

This article by Florence Rivera, Manager, Safety and Health Promotion Initiatives, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, provides an update on national progress in meeting the Healthy People 2020 goal of 81.9% of mothers initiating breastfeeding, describes perceived barriers to breastfeeding, and includes strategies that communities and states can use to overcome these barriers and increase the intention, initiation, duration, and exclusivity of breastfeeding. 
 
Partnerships to Support and Promote Breastfeeding-Lessons Learned from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Learning Community 
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the membership organization for leaders in state and territory departments of health. ASTHO members are concerned with a wide range of public health issues. Read here about how lessons learned from ASTHO's learning community on breastfeeding apply to MIECHV awardees and LIAs.
 
How the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Improved Its Breastfeeding Rates
The Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition was one of the LIAs that participated in the Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN) on breastfeeding. This article describes strategies that the coalition implemented to improve breastfeeding rates in Northeast Florida.
 
New FDA Drug Recommendations for Children and Breastfeeding Mothers
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is restricting the use of codeine and tramadol medicines in children and is also recommending against their use in breastfeeding mothers, due to possible harm to their infants (including excess sleepiness, difficulty breastfeeding, or serious breathing problems that could result in death). As a result, several changes are being made to the labels of all prescription medicines containing these drugs, including the addition of a strengthened warning to mothers that breastfeeding is not recommended when taking codeine or tramadol medicines due to the risk of serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants.
Successes in Adolescent Health: Tools and Techniques to Support Pregnant and Parenting Young People in Breastfeeding, a new online resource hosted by the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, includes a wealth of resources prompted by an education and training event on the topic.
 
Associations Between Breastfeeding and Maternal Responsiveness: A Systematic Review of the Literature looks at the body of evidence related to the association between a mother’s feeding experience and responsive feeding.

What Communities Can Do and Are Doing to Promote Breastfeeding

Building Breastfeeding-Friendly Communities includes resources from WIC’s Loving Support initiative for promoting breastfeeding at the community level.

Public Health Breastfeeding Webinar Series from the National Association of County and City Health Officials promotes promising practices and shares lessons learned from the Reducing Breastfeeding Disparities Through Peer and Professional Support Project.

Resources for Home Visitors

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children.org website includes articles about a wide range of topics related to breastfeeding for home visitors to share with families.

Breastfeeding and Nutrition Daily is an e-newsletter from the Mother and Child Health and Education Trust.

Chocolate Milk: Janelle is a video clip from Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Series, developed by the African American Breastfeeding Project to promote breastfeeding among African American mothers. It features Janelle, who talks about her experience with breastfeeding her baby.

MotherToBaby Fact Sheet—Prescription Opioids, a fact sheet from MotherToBaby.org, answers frequently asked questions about opioid use during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby. MotherToBaby is the leading authority providing up-to-date, evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public regarding the effects of medications and other drug exposure on pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The Women’s Health.gov website offers a wealth of resources, including a Breastfeeding Fact Sheet and Your Guide to Breastfeeding.