Breastfeeding is one of the most effective steps a mother can take to protect the health of her baby. All major medical authorities recommend that mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months. In 2013, 87 percent of Maine infants were ever breastfed, similar to the national average. More Maine infants were exclusively breastfed for six months, 32 percent, than compared to the U.S., 22 percent.
Maine’s efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding include:
- 6 for ME, a healthcare quality improvement initiative focused on breastfeeding best practices
- Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC): Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program and Breast Pump Loaner Program
- An active Maine State Breastfeeding Coalition
- Collaborating with businesses and communities to implement Maine’s Nursing Mothers in the Workplace and Right to Breastfeed laws