Breastfeeding: Strategies and Resources


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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Provide access to professional and peer support for breastfeeding

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.

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Ensure workplace compliance with federal lactation accommodation law

Ensuring workplace compliance with federal lactation accommodation law Cdc-pdf[PDF–87KB]External is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”).

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General Breastfeeding Resources

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