Healthy Beginnings Breastfeeding

Supporting Breastfeeding Moms and Babies

Breastfeeding is one important way we can help build a healthier population. Research has shown that, during the first year of life, breast milk is the most nutritious food for an infant. In addition, infants who are breastfed for nine months have a 30 percent reduced risk of being overweight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a baby's risk of becoming an overweight child goes down with each month of breastfeeding.

New Jersey’s maternity hospitals have been focused on quality improvement initiatives aimed at increasing breastfeeding rates and improving environments of care for moms and babies beginning as early as 2010. The early years of this work was supported by the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Unit, Division of Family Health, N.J. Department of Health, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s DP12-1305 grant “State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health.” The work resulted in improved outcomes and an increase in the number of hospitals accredited by BabyFriendly USA.

Important Information from the CDC