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Government in action on breastfeeding


The Office on Women's Health (OWH) continues to partner with other agencies and organizations to focus attention on the importance of breastfeeding. Below are some of the breastfeeding promotion initiatives and activities with which the Office on Women's Health is involved.

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Project leader: Suzanne Haynes, Ph.D.

After announcing the HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, the OWH received a tremendous response from consumers, organizations, and public health professionals concerned about the disparities in breastfeeding rates among white and African American mothers. To address this issue, the Office on Women's Health has partnered with the African-American Breastfeeding Alliance, Inc. (AABA), a community-based non-profit organization whose purpose is to educate the African American community about the benefits of breastfeeding through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. This community partnership with AABA began in December of 2000.

Content last updated: April 13, 2012.


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