Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

This website provides information, resources and support for breastfeeding. Each link below details information and examples of things you can do to support breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding and Chronic Disease

According to the U.S. CDC, breastmilk is the best food for growth and development of infants. Breastfeeding is an effective approach to reducing lifelong risk for chronic disease. It helps protect babies against:

  • Asthma
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity.1

Breastfeeding also lowers a mother's risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.1

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies be fed only breastmilk for the first six months and continue to breastfeed for a year as long as it is mutually desired by the mother and baby.

[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strategies to Prevent Obesity and other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2013, page 3. Available at: Accessed 12.11.15