Health Care

Health-care providers, you play an important role in encouraging women to choose to breastfeed and in supporting their breastfeeding decisions. Hospital practices have been found to impact a mother's decision to initiate breastfeeding and how long she continues to breastfeed.

Click to see results of a 2011 baseline assessment conducted among North Dakota health-care providers, Health-care Providers’ Support of Breastfeeding in the Workplace.

Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity. A baby's risk of becoming an overweight child goes down with each month of breastfeeding. Hospitals can either help or hinder mothers and babies as they begin to breastfeed. Click here to read Hospital Support for Breastfeeding: Preventing Obesity Begins in Hospitals  

Resources on breastfeeding initiatives for health-care providers: 

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Ban the Bags Initiative

The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Care Core Measure Set with a core measure on exclusive breast milk feeding.

Click to see medical association breastfeeding position papers  from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and much more.

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Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding