Welcome to the Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Program
The Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Plan has recently been updated!
The information and strategies outlined in the plan are intended to engage a variety of breastfeeding supporters in accomplishing the following:
Increasing the number of people who perceive breastfeeding as both desirable and normal, while decreasing breastfeeding’s negative stereotypes among the general public;
Increasing the number of mothers who choose to initiate breastfeeding;
Increasing the number of mothers who breastfeed their infants exclusively for six months and then continue breastfeeding for a year or more by:
v raising awareness of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding; and
v creating a feeding standard of continued breastfeeding, with timely introduction of complementary foods at about six months;
Developing social and institutional support resources to enable breastfeeding continuation in public places such as work, medical facilities and the surrounding community.
Join other individuals, organizations, communities, employers and policy makers in supporting breastfeeding in Pennsylvania! The Plan can be downloaded by clicking the link titled “Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Plan” under the Quick Links section to the right.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recognizes breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, continued breastfeeding for the first year and then for as long as mutually desired by mother and child. Mother's milk is best for both babies and mothers and offers complete nutrition that cannot be reproduced in formula.
The Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Program was started in 2004 to increase the number of new mothers who choose breastfeeding as their long-term infant feeding method.
We hope our website will give you the resources and tools you need to promote and support breastfeeding in your community.
Give your baby the best start possible - breastfeed!
If you need more information, visit Handouts for Parents or call the Healthy Baby Line at 800-986-BABY (2229).