Breastfeeding Strategies

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Increase Access to Breastfeeding Friendly Environments

One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed. Support for breastfeeding is needed in many different arenas including hospitals and birth centers, worksites, and communities.

Practices supportive of breastfeeding in birthing facilities

Breastfeeding support in birthing facilities are those maternity care practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding among mothers who choose to breastfeed.

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Continuity of care in breastfeeding support

The goal of professional or peer support is to encourage and support pregnant and breastfeeding women to initiate and continue to breastfeed by increasing access to lactation resources, peer counselors and skilled professionals within the communities where they live.

Tools to help achieve health equity


  • NACCHO Continuity of Care in Breastfeeding Support
    The Continuity of Care (CoC) in breastfeeding support website is a national repository of community breastfeeding best practices, stories from the field and other related CoC resources. These resources facilitate implementation of the seven blueprint recommendations for improvements within the community infrastructure and capacity building of the lactation workforce.
  • State Health Departments Provide Community-Based Breastfeeding Support [PDF-350KB]
    This fact sheet outlines program successes and lessons learned from the CDC Breastfeeding Supplement grant. CDC grantees and breastfeeding practitioners can use this document when implementing community-based breastfeeding programs or strategies.

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Ensure workplace compliance with federal lactation accommodation law

Ensuring workplace compliance with federal lactation accommodation law is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”).

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  • Minnesota Breastfeeding-Friendly Health Departments Program (BDFD)
    The program provides a 10-step process and toolkit for supporting breastfeeding practices at local public health agencies and tribal health boards.
  • Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Program (MFWP)
    This program recognizes worksites that comply with its criteria for being “Mother-Friendly,” including having a written and communicated policy that provides space for breast milk expression in the worksite, flexible work schedules for breastfeeding mothers, access to clean running water to wash hands and clean equipment, and access to hygienic breast milk storage options.

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