August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises.

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Michigan. In order to promote early breastfeeding success and outcomes, the Michigan Breastfeeding Network has announced a statewide initiative to provide continuity of care for mothers and babies. Supporters of this effort include hospitals, WIC agencies, community stakeholders, coalitions, physicians, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Public Health in local counties. This collaboration could lead to higher breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, healthier babies and closer families.

In his Breastfeeding Awareness Month Proclamation, Gov. Rick Snyder stated that Michigan is committed to reducing infant mortality and increasing the health of mothers and babies. Sustained breastfeeding support, education and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.

Activities are planned throughout the state to draw attention to the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers and children. The Michigan WIC Program and MDHHS will have a Breastfeeding Walk today on the front lawn of the State Capitol to help normalize breastfeeding.