Breastfeeding Facts and FAQs
CREATING CONFIDENT MOMS WITH HEALTHY BABIES AND HAPPY FAMILIES
LIQUID GOLD STATS
“Breastfeeding provides unmatched health benefits for babies and mothers. It is the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition, with breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby. We must do more to create supportive and safe environments for mothers who choose to breastfeed.”
— Dr. Ruth Petersen, Director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
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(9) These recommendations are supported by organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Nurse- Midwives, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and American Public Health Association.