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Breastfeeding Is A National Health Care Priority

In 2000, the US Surgeon General's "Health and Human Services Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding" stated that breastfeeding was a national health priority and identified breastfeeding as the "ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants." The Surgeon General called breastfeeding "one of the most important contributors to infant health" and, along with the Office of Women's Health, developed an action plan.

The overwhelming health benefits of breastfeeding are recognized by:
  • The American Academy of Family Physicians
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • The American Dietetic Association
  • The American Medical Association
  • The American Public Health Association
  • The California Department of Health Services
  • The National Medical Association

Too Few Fresno Mothers Nurse Their Infants

Fresno County has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in California. Only a third of mothers leaving Fresno County hospitals exclusively breastfeed their infants. In 2011, according to the California Department of Public Health, 48.8% of women leaving Fresno hospitals were exclusively breastfeeding.

Babies First is part of a national effort to encourage and support breastfeeding by all mothers for the good health of their infants. Babies First's goal is to increase breastfeeding rates in Fresno County.