What CDC Is Doing
CDC’s Work to Support and Promote Breastfeeding
We collect data to learn how best to improve breastfeeding rates in the United States by:
We promote best practices in health care settings by:
- Supporting the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a global standard to promote breastfeeding in hospitals.
- Encouraging obstetricians, pediatricians [PDF-405KB], and nurses [PDF-363KB] to educate new moms about breastfeeding.
We support mothers at work and in their communities by:
- Partnering with states to help employers support breastfeeding mothers with places to pump and store breast milk, flexible work hours, and maternity leave benefits.
- Promoting access to community supports like peer counseling and supplemental nutrition programs.