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CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the United States and to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices toward the ultimate goal of improving the public's health.

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How Infant Feeding Practices Affect Children at Age Six: A follow up to the Infant Feeding Practices Study II
Evidence is expanding rapidly on the long-term health effects of infant diet and nutrition. In a recent special issue of Pediatrics, CDC and FDA researchers provide more context for the relationship between early infant feeding and subsequent health and behavioral outcomes. The studies included in this issue present new data from a follow-up study of children at 6 years of age who previously participated in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II (IFPS-II), which followed infants almost monthly from the third trimester of pregnancy to the age of 12 months.

Breastfeeding Report Card cover2014 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card
The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card provides state-by-state data to help public health practitioners, health professionals, community members, child care providers, and family members work together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers & BabiesCDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers & Babies
Information for state and local community members to choose the breastfeeding strategy that best meets their needs.

MMWRProgress in Increasing Breastfeeding and Reducing Racial/Ethnic Differences — United States, 2000-2008 Births
National Immunization Survey data indicate racial and ethnic differences in initiation (beginning) and duration (period of time) rates.

2011 Surgeon General's Call to Action2011 Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding
The Surgeon General seeks to make it possible for every mother who wishes to breastfeed to be able to do so by shifting how we as a nation think and talk about breastfeeding.

Action Guides for health care settings.


Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity. Learn How. CDC Vital Signs™:

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