August 2016
Health Observance
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Hosted by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), National Breastfeeding Month is a social media advocacy and outreach campaign designed to "build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build up a "landscape of breastfeeding support". This year's theme will focus on the five-year anniversary of The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA).

Despite overall improvements in breastfeeding rates in the United States, racial disparities in breastfeeding - and in child and maternal wellness - continue to persist.  According to the CDC, Black infants have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration. Black mothers may need more, targeted support to start and continue breastfeeding. See more at  The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card.

It has long been established that breastfeeding protects the health of baby and mom! Join HPRC as we observe National Breastfeeding Month.Share our resources, including the HPRC report Inequities in Maternal and Child Health: An Analysis of Policy, Practice, and Social Determinants over the Life Course.

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