Breastfeeding report card : United States, 2008
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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). Encouraging breastfeeding, with its many known benefits for infants, children, and breastfeeding women, is a key strategy toward this goal. People from all walks of life play 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 start breastfeeding and the length of time they continue to breastfeed. The Breastfeeding Report Card — United States, 2008 shows how breastfeeding is being protected, promoted, and supported in each state* and allows comparisons across states, making it an important tool for increasing breastfeeding nationwide.

    The Breastfeeding Report Card reports information for each state on five “outcome” and nine “process” indicators. The 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 process indicators measure elements of breastfeeding- friendly communities. Each indicator can be measured accurately in every state, allowing easy state-by-state comparisons. As measures of a state’s ability to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, the outcome and process indicators show where a state has been successful and where more work is needed.

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