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Strategies to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases : the CDC guide to strategies to support breastfeeding mothers and babies
  • Published Date:
    2013
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF - 2.38 MB]


Details:
  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.
  • Description:
    Using this guide -- Introduction -- Strategy 1. Maternity care practices -- Strategy 2. Professional education -- Strategy 3. Access to professional support -- Strategy 4. Peer support programs -- Strategy 5. Support for breastfeeding in the workplace -- Strategy 6. Support for breastfeeding in early care and education -- Strategy 7. Access to breastfeeding education and information -- Strategy 8. Social marketing -- Strategy 9. Addressing the marketing of infant formula -- References.

    Research has shown that breastfeeding is recognized as the best source of nutrition for most infants. In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a summary of systematic reviews and meta- analyses on breastfeeding and maternal and infant health outcomes in developed countries.1 The AHRQ report reaffirmed the health benefits of breastfeeding and the health risks associated with formula feeding and early weaning from breastfeeding. Infants who are not breastfed experience more episodes of diarrhea, ear infections, and lower respiratory tract infections and are at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. Breastfeeding also helps protect mothers from breast and ovarian cancer.

    To help support breastfeeding mothers and increase breastfeeding rates in the United States, the U.S. Surgeon General released The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding in 2011. The Call to Action sets out clear action steps that communities, health care systems, health care providers, employers, public health professionals, and other organizations and individuals can take to support mothers and make breastfeeding easier.

    This publication, Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies, provides information on interventions and programs that address many of the steps called for by the U.S. Surgeon General. These interventions and programs also are designed to meet many of the health objectives set forth in Healthy People 2020. This 10-year national health agenda provides a framework for health promotion and disease prevention for the United States. It includes new objectives to increase breastfeeding rates and improve outcome measures specific to work sites and maternity care.

    These objectives are in addition to CDC’s ongoing goal of decreasing disparities in breastfeeding rates and increasing collaboration between partners at federal, state, and community levels to overcome breastfeeding challenges.

    Suggested citation: 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.

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