ASTHO Breastfeeding Learning Community: 2018 - Present

ASTHO, with support from CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), is using its collaborative Learning Community Model to assist the current State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) program recipients to increase their capacity to implement evidence-based breastfeeding programs, practices, and services in three priority areas:

  1. Increase practices supportive of breastfeeding in birthing facilities.
  2. Provide access to professional and peer support for breastfeeding.
  3. Ensure workplace compliance with the federal lactation accommodation law.


ASTHO launched the first cohort of Breastfeeding Learning Community states in 2014. Over the course of four years, ASTHO supported 18 states and DC to implement unique projects targeting one or more of the three systems-level strategies for improving breastfeeding support in states.

Learn more about the 2014-2018 Breastfeeding Learning Community activities »

SPAN Participating States

  • Alaska*
  • Arkansas*
  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois*
  • Kentucky
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri*
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio*
  • Pennsylvania*
  • Texas
  • Utah*
  • Washington*

*State also participating in ASTHO’s Innovations grant program (see below).

Learn more about the priority areas of each BLC/SPAN state »

For more information about the current SPAN recipients, visit CDC's DNPAO webpage »

Innovation Grants

ASTHO awarded innovation grants to states to implement innovative strategies to advance state-level breastfeeding initiatives in health equity. Through this program, awardees have and will partner with state and local health agencies and not-for-profit organizations to implement transformational and innovative approaches to reduce breastfeeding disparities.

Learn more about the Innovations grants »

Learning Community Call Recordings and Presentations

To facilitate learning across states, ASTHO is leveraging the breastfeeding learning community network to connect state partners in similar roles and share successful examples of breastfeeding promotion and support. The audience is the 16 State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) states participating in the learning community as well as the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) participants within those SPAN states. The calls have featured presentations from a variety of states and national experts.

A catalog of the presentations and call recordings are available for review »