Executive Summary - Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

This resource identifies ways that families, communities, employers, and health care
professionals can increase support for breastfeeding and improve breastfeeding rates.
The call to Action also documents disparities in breastfeeding practices. The website
provides information on the Itʼs Only Natural campaign which was developed to
help African-American women and families understand the health benefits of
breastfeeding—not just for babies, but for moms too.

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Breastfeeding Statistics

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force is very interested in publicizing and, when possible, gathering statistics relevant to breastfeeding, especially in our state.  Unfortunately for many years, the major source for national breastfeeding statistics has been Ross Laboratories.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

Recently other sources have become available.  The New Mexico Pregnancy Risk
Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing invaluable project of the
New Mexico Department of Health with support from the Centers for Disease
Control  and Prevention (CDC).   PRAMS is a multi-year, population-based survey
used to  identify and monitor selected maternal behaviors and experiences
occurring before,  during and after pregnancy. It includes

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For Hospital Administrators

I'm a Hospital Administrator - I Help New Mexico Breastfeed

Hospital administrators can help ensure that every mother and child have the option of successful breastfeeding, starting with making their hospital Baby-Friendly™. The Baby-Friendly™ Hospital Initiative, created by WHO and UNICEF, outlines "10 steps to successful breastfeeding." Hospitals or birth centers that show compliance with the 10 steps and don't accept free formula samples can become designated as Baby-Friendly™.

Is your hospital Baby-Friendly™?

Baby-Friendly USA - the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

The work of Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. (BFUSA) and its implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States is predicated on the fact that human milk fed through the mother’s own breast is the normal way for human infants to be nourished. There is an abundance of scientific evidence that points to lower risks for certain diseases and improved health outcomes for both mothers and babies who breastfeed. Breastfeeding is the natural biological conclusion to pregnancy and an important mechanism for the continued normal development of the infant.

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