Hospitals and clinics provide a unique and critical link for breastfeeding mothers. Working in partnership with Living Healthy in Washington County, health care providers can share the benefits of breastfeeding with more mothers, infants, families, and communities.
Breastfeeding helps mothers and infants alike, keeping both healthier, reducing health care costs, and giving newborns a better chance to thrive throughout childhood. Studies show that breastfed children have fewer and less serious illnesses, reduced risk of obesity, and that their total medical care costs are lower than for never-breastfed infants. Their support – and a supportive environment from family, friends, employers, and the community – encourages successful breastfeeding and strong, healthy infants.
In Minnesota, 73 percent of women initiate breastfeeding.
If 90 percent of U.S. families followed guidelines to breastfeed exclusively for six months, the United States would save $13 billion annually from reduced direct medical, indirect costs and the cost of premature death.
supports in Washington County
The Washington County Breastfeeding Coalition (BFC) was formed to facilitate hospital practices around changes in breastfeeding through networking, resource sharing, and support.
The BFC’s mission is to promote, support and protect breastfeeding through education, outreach, and collaboration within our community. The BFC envisions a community where breastfeeding is the norm and where families are supported and empowered to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
To contact the Breastfeeding Coalition: 651.430.6655 or PHE@co.washington.mn.us.
The resources below are available to you in collaboration with the Washington County Breastfeeding Coalition.