Sunday, July 4, 2010

Learn About the Healthy People 2010 Initiative to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

Founded on data that enable progress and trends to be tracked, Healthy People 2010 provides a set of 10-year evidence-based objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Its two overarching goals are to increase the quality and years of healthy life and to eliminate health disparities. Healthy People 2010 covers 28 focus areas with 467 specific objectives.

Objective # 16: Goal: Improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children, and families. Includes breastfeeding promotion.


Objective :  Increase in Mothers Who Breastfeed
1998 Baseline (unless noted)

Percent of Mothers
2010 Target

Percent of Mothers
16-19a. In early post partum period 64 75
16-19b. At 6 months 29 50
16-19c. At 1 year 16 25
16-19d. Exclusively through 3 months 43 (2002) 60
16-19e. Exclusively through 6 months 13 (2002) 25

Data sources: Mothers’ Survey, Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Ross Products Division; National Immunization Survey (NIS), CDC, NIP and NCHS.

You can stay involved as Healthy People 2010 develops into a new Healthy People 2020 Initiative by joining the consortium here.

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