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.
Guidelines & RecommendationsHuman milk handling/storage, travel recs, vaccinations, vitamin D, influenza, more
DATA & STATISTICSNational and state data regarding breastfeeding practices and methods of supports
PROMOTION & SUPPORTExamples of society-wide approaches that are used to promote and support breastfeeding
FAQSAnswers to frequently-asked breastfeeding questions for healthcare providers & families
DISEASES & CONDITIONSInformation about breastfeeding in the context of specific diseases and conditions
RESEARCHResearch projects that are underway and relating breastfeeding research to practice
NATIONAL POLICIES & POSITIONSBreastfeeding policies, objectives and positions of the U.S., and major health orgs
RESOURCES & PUBLICATIONSCDC guides, reports, publications, & links to major breastfeeding organizations' websites
- Vital Signs: Hospital Support for Breastfeeding
- IFPS II Year 6 Follow-Up – Published Results
- Breastfeeding Report Card, 2016 [PDF - 2.72 MB]
- The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding consist of evidence-based practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration. Baby-Friendly hospitals and birthing facilities must adhere to the Ten Steps to receive, and retain, a Baby-Friendly designation.
- Need help breastfeeding? U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website has information on finding breastfeeding support
- La Leche League also has a help line and lots of other information.
- Why breastfeed? Read more about the benefits of human milk and breastfeeding by visiting the DHHS Office on Women's Health Benefits of Breastfeeding page.
- When should you not breastfeed? Rarely will any disease or condition outweigh the benefits of breastfeeding! Find out more on our Diseases and Conditions page.
- Page last reviewed: April 12, 2017
- Page last updated: April 12, 2017
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