People 2020 Breastfeeding Goals (exit DHS) include:
Increase the proportion of infants who are
Increase the proportion of employers that
have worksite lactation support programs. (MICH-22)
Reduce the proportion of breastfed newborns
who receive formula supplementation within the first 2 days of life.
Increase the proportion of live births that
occur in facilities that provide recommended care for lactating
mothers and their babies. (MICH-24)
Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for the
baby's first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional,
economical and emotional benefits to the mother and baby. There are also
significant benefits to the community, workplace and the environment.
Academy of Pediatrics (exit DHS) has identified
breastfeeding as the ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants, and has
recognized breastfeeding as primary in achieving optimal infant and child
health, growth, and development. The Academy recommends
that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.
Continued breastfeeding, with the gradual addition of appropriate complementary
foods, is recommended for the remainder of the first year and for as long as
mother and child desire. Long overlooked as an important factor in reducing
health care costs, breastfeeding promotion has now become a national priority.
For more information about the importance of breastfeeding, use the
link to find resources on breastfeeding education;
centers, breastfeeding mothers in childcare centers as well as links to
other breastfeeding websites.
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February 26, 2013