U.S. Government Agencies

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1-888-ASK-HRSA)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

Two MCHB websites offer a broad array of resources for women,
teens, children, infants, families and their providers:
www.mchb.hrsa.gov
www.mchb.hrsa.gov/pregnancyandbeyond/

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Helpful links and resources related to working and breastfeeding

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office on Women’s Health
Guidelines for workplaces on the support needed by new mothers for breastfeeding in the “Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding,” and media materials
“The Business Case for Breastfeeding”

 

National and International Organization

American Association of Health Plans
Free download: “Advancing Issues in Women’s Health: Health Plans’ Innovative Programs in Breastfeeding Promotion.”

Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition
Information on the national “Models of Excellence” program that recognizes
businesses providing resources and outstanding support for women
www.hmhb.org/pub_breast.html

United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)
Umbrella agency to coordinate and foster the development of breastfeeding in the United States
www.usbreastfeeding.org
Download guidelines for accurate collection of breastfeeding data

 

Existing Corporate Programs

National Business Group on Health
Workplace Breastfeeding Programs: Employer Case Studies
“Corporate Efforts” by Robina Riccitiello

Supporting Breastfeeding for Working Mothers
www.altarum.org

Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding
Although the health benefits of breastfeeding are well-established, few budget analysts consider breastfeeding as a health cost-savings strategy. As policymakers look for additional ways to reduce health costs, they may want to consider the economic benefits of breastfeeding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Services estimates that at least $3.6 billion in medical expenses could be saved each year if the number of children breastfed for at least six months increased to 50 percent, as recommended by the U.S. surgeon general. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. Among babies born in the United States in 2006, only about 43 percent still were breastfed by age six months.

Full booklet (January 2010) available for $5 from National Council of State Legislatureswww.ncsl.org/bookstore