Breastfeeding report card : United States, 2009
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      Improving the health of mothers and their children is a primary goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding, with its many known benefits for infants, children, and mothers, is a key strategy toward this goal.

      Throughout your community, everyone plays a role in fostering breastfeeding. When health care professionals, legislators, employers, business owners, and community and family members work together, their efforts can increase the number of women who are able to start breastfeeding and the length of time they continue to breastfeed.

      The 2009 Breastfeeding Report Card shows how breastfeeding is being protected, promoted, and supported in each state* using five “outcome” and nine “process” indicators. This allows you to make comparisons across states and indicators and work to increase breastfeeding nationwide.

      The five outcome indicators are derived from the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2010, a description of the nation’s health priorities. They profile the extent to which infants in a state are breastfed.

      The nine process indicators measure elements of breastfeeding-friendly communities. Each indicator is measured in every state, allowing easy state-by-state comparisons.

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