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Surgeon General’s Call to Action: A Roadmap to Improving Support for Breastfeeding Mothers

Washington, DC—Three out of four women in the United States provide their infants with the healthiest start in life by breastfeeding, and today Surgeon General Regina Benjamin called on the entire nation to support the removal of barriers to this important public health behavior. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding is an unprecedented document from the nation’s highest medical source, calling on health care providers, employers, insurers, policymakers, researchers, and the community at large to take 20 concrete action steps to support mothers in reaching their personal breastfeeding goals.

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) applauds the Call to Action, which is based on the latest evidence about the health, psychosocial, economic, and environmental effects of breastfeeding.  Read more.


New Videos from Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition

The Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition recently completed a series of three YouTube videos designed to motivate, educate and inspire moms to keep breastfeeding after returning to work. Each video brings together clips of real moms telling their stories about how and why they continued breastfeeding after going back to work, the obstacles they encountered, the strategies that helped them succeed, and the outcomes they enjoyed — from health to bonding — and how their employers benefitted too.

The three videos located at are:

  • -Breastfeeding and Working – An Overview 
  • -Employer Perspective on Accommodating Nursing Employees
  • -Colorado’s Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act

Vote for New Breastfeeding Cover

The Office on Women’s Health is updating the publication
An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding. An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding provides information and encouragement to women and their loved ones. It explains the benefits for baby, mom, and society, and also provides frequently asked questions and answers about breastfeeding. This publication is the first among our current series to be updated. New versions for African American and American Indian and Alaskan Native women will also be developed in the near future, as will guides in Spanish and other languages.

Help us choose the new cover by voting for your favorite by clicking this link!

The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States: A Pediatric Cost Analysis

Melissa Bartick, MD, MSca, Arnold Reinhold, MBAb
aDepartment of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and
bAlliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, Boston, Massachusetts

Background and Objective: A 2001 study revealed that $3.6 billion could be saved if breastfeeding rates were increased to levels of the Healthy People objectives. It studied 3 diseases and totaled direct and indirect costs and cost of premature death. The 2001 study can be updated by using current breastfeeding rates and adding additional diseases analyzed in the 2007 breastfeeding report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality… Full Article

Published online April 5, 2010
PEDIATRICS (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1616)