Breastfeeding is the healthiest option for babies and mothers. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for the first year or longer as mutually desired by the mother and infant.
However, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, in Colorado only 1 out of 4 infants are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and 1 out of 4 infants continue to be breastfed through their first birthday. Breastfeeding mothers need support from their community to be successful.
Breastfeeding for Families: Find local lactation consultants, specialized breastfeeding support, and resources to help you successfully breastfeed. Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Find out what it takes to become a breastfeeding friendly certified child care provider. Breastfeeding Friendly Employer: Become a breastfeeding friendly workplace and support breastfeeding mothers and their families. Family friendly policies are good for business. Breastfeeding Friendly Health Care: Resources for your patients and ideas to make your office more breastfeeding friendly. Learn how health care providers can build their breastfeeding management skills.