Governor Tony Evers proclaimed the month of August as National Breastfeeding Month.
“The state of Wisconsin commends the parental health and breastfeeding advocates throughout our state working to build individual, family, and community support for breastfeeding and joins them in celebrating and promoting awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for all babies and parents, now and in the future.” Read the full proclamation. (PDF)
Governor Tony Evers has also proclaimed the week of Aug. 8–14 as:
Native Breastfeeding Week
"It is essential to have a week that is dedicated to prioritizing diversity and celebrating the experiences of Native families and that is centered on encouraging breastfeeding as a way to combat the systemic injustices that prevent all Wisconsin families from achieving their full breastfeeding potential." Read the proclamation. (PDF)
Black Breastfeeding Week
“This week, the state of Wisconsin applauds the community-based organizations across our state that are committed to the important work of promoting diversity in the lactation field and joins them, along with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, in working towards racial equity in breastfeeding.” Read the full proclamation. (PDF)
Healthy People 2030 Breastfeeding Goals
Healthy People 2030 Breastfeeding Objectives:
- Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed exclusively through age 6 months (MICH‑15)
- Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed at 1 year (MICH‑16)
Research has shown that there is no better food than human milk for the baby's first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economic, and emotional benefits to the lactating person and the baby. There are also significant benefits to the community, workplace, and the environment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics 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, find resources on breastfeeding education, breastfeeding support in child care settings, and links to other breastfeeding websites.