The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

March 20, 2011 at 12:31 am 1 comment

On January 20, 2011 the Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released this call to action outlining all the steps that need to be taken to remove the obstacles that women are facing in regards to breastfeeding.  This call to action included everybody including family, employers, communities, and health care professionals.  Some of the steps listed include:

  • Communities should expand and improve programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling.
  • Health care systems should ensure that maternity care practices provide education and counseling on breastfeeding.  Hospitals should become more “baby-friendly,” by taking steps like those recommended by the UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.
  • Clinicians should ensure that they are trained to properly care for breastfeeding mothers and babies.  They should promote breastfeeding to their pregnant patients and make sure that mothers receive the best advice on how to breastfeed.
  • Employers should work toward establishing paid maternity leave and high-quality lactation support programs.  Employers should expand the use of programs that allow nursing mothers to have their babies close by so they can feed them during the day.  They should also provide women with break time and private space to express breast milk.
  • Families should give mothers the support and encouragement they need to breastfeed.

The bottom line, EVERYONE CAN HELP MAKE BREASTFEEDING EASIER. Play your part.  Show support.


A quick list of facts, figures, and tips about how you can help from the Surgeon General can be found here.  Or, for more information about how YOU can help.



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. joeytn  |  March 31, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Many mothers do not realize how important breastfeeding really is for both the baby and mother. keep spreading the word!


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