Maternal and Child Health

State Health Agency Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

Public health agencies are a key partner in increasing breastfeeding rates. They play a role in improving breastfeeding in the workplace, hospitals, and the community. ASTHO is supporting state health agencies and other partners in their state to enhance breastfeeding efforts.

National Breastfeeding Month

Please join ASTHO, the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and partners as we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), and this year’s theme, Many Voices United, by amplifying breastfeeding advocacy efforts throughout the month of August. Featured below are various resources from ASTHO:

  • infographics highlighting early brain development as a benefit of breastfeeding and promoting breastfeeding support through perinatal quality collaboratives,
  •  toolkit including various strategies on policy, data, and partnerships,
  • the importance of continuity of care and breastfeeding best practices in the community,
  • a webinar to learn how to work across boundaries programmatically to incorporate an equity lens to breastfeeding initiatives,
  • and state health policy update highlighting the importance of addressing breastfeeding policies in health equity work.

ASTHO is happy to recognize National Breastfeeding Month 2020. We hope you will join us in celebration.


Learning Community to Improve State Health Agency Capacity for Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

ASTHO, with support from CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), is working with states to increase breastfeeding through a virtual learning community.

Breastfeeding Learning Community 2014-2018   Breastfeeding Learning Community 2018-present   

Advancing Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in States Toolkit

From 2014-2018, ASTHO supported states in designing, implementing, and improving strategies to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates through the first cohort of the ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community. Advancing Breastfeeding Promotion and Support in States Toolkit (PDF)This toolkit is a compilation of state highlights, resources developed, and lessons learned from participating states, with a focus on improving hospital policies and practices, enhancing peer and professional support, and encouraging breastfeeding-friendly worksites.