HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding
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From: "Kuester, Sarah" <sak2 at cdc.gov>
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Subject: HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding
> Please pardon the cross-posting.
> Hello. Below is a press release by the Office
> of the Surgeon General announcing the availability
> of the "HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding,"
> a national framework to promote breastfeeding and
> optimal breastfeeding practices. For additional
> information on breastfeeding see the new CDC
> website at http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/.
> Thank you,
> Sarah Kuester
> Public Health Nutritionist
> Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
> sak2 at cdc.gov
> Source: http://www.4women.gov/breastfeeding/press.htm
> Office of the Surgeon General
> News Release
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Carol Krause, (202)
> Monday, October 30, 2000 Office on Women's Health
> SURGEON GENERAL RELEASES FIRST COMPREHENSIVE
> FRAMEWORK TO INCREASE BREASTFEEDING RATES AND
> PROMOTE OPTIMAL BREASTFEEDING PRACTICES
> Washington, October 30, 2000 - Recognizing the considerable
> scientific evidence that states breastfeeding is one of the most
> important contributors to infant health, the Office of the U.S.
> Surgeon General today released the first comprehensive national
> framework to promote breastfeeding and optimal breastfeeding
> practices. The HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding was
> developed by health and scientific experts from 14 federal agencies
> and 23 health care professional organizations, including the
> American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of
> Family Physicians.
> During the past 15 years, the Office of the Surgeon General has
> highlighted the public health importance of breastfeeding through
> numerous workshops and publications. Scientific evidence
> suggests that breastfeeding provides a range of benefits for an
> infant's growth, immunity and development. In addition,
> breastfeeding has also been shown to improve maternal health.
> The Blueprint for Action released today promotes a plan for
> breastfeeding based on education, training, awareness, support
> and research. Specifically, the plan lays out a framework based on
> the recommendation that infants be exclusively breastfed during the
> first four to six months of life, preferably for a full six months. The
> plan also suggests that, ideally, breastfeeding should continue
> through the first year of life.
> Despite the many benefits of breastfeeding, statistics reveal that 64
> percent of American mothers breastfeed in the early postpartum
> period, with only 29 percent still breastfeeding six months after birth.
> Racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding are wide, revealing
> extremely low rates among African-American women. In 1998, 45
> percent of African-American mothers breastfed their infants in the
> early postpartum period; 66 percent of Hispanic mothers and 68
> percent of white mothers breastfed. Only 19 percent of
> African-American mothers were still breastfeeding at six months,
> compared to 28 percent of Hispanic mothers and 31 percent of
> white mothers. That same year, 54 percent of low-income Asian
> and Pacific Islander children and 59 percent of American Indian and
> Alaska Native children were ever breastfed.
> "Low breastfeeding rates documented in the Blueprint for Action
> are a serious public health challenge, particularly in certain minority
> communities," said David Satcher, M.D., U.S. Surgeon General
> and Assistant Secretary for Health. "With scientific evidence
> indicating that breastfeeding can play an important role in an
> infant's health, the time has come for us to work together to promote
> optimal breastfeeding practices. Each of us, at all levels of the
> public and private sectors, must now turn these recommendations
> into programs that best suit the needs of our own communities."
> Healthy People 2010, the nation's health agenda for the next
> decade, has set an objective to increase the proportion of all
> mothers who breastfeed in the early postpartum period to 75
> percent. "The Healthy People objectives will be realized only when
> we work together to put in place culturally appropriate strategies to
> promote breastfeeding, with particular emphasis on education and
> support from health care professionals, employers and family
> members, especially fathers and grandmothers," said Wanda
> Jones, Dr.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women's
> Health) and director of the Office on Women's Health.
> The Blueprint offers action steps for the health care system,
> families, the community, researchers and the workplace, to better
> focus attention on the importance of breastfeeding. It recommends
> that health care professionals who provide maternal and child care
> are trained on the basics of lactation and breastfeeding counseling;
> that women who return to work after childbirth should have access
> to childcare facilities or private rooms on-site to accommodate
> breastfeeding; that social support and information resources be
> established for women such as hotlines and peer counseling; and
> that research be conducted on issues surrounding breastfeeding.
> Scientific evidence states that human milk contains an abundance
> of factors that are active against infection. Breastfed infants,
> compared with formula-fed infants, produce enhanced immune
> responses to polio, tetanus, diptheria, and common respiratory
> infections. Recent research also suggests that breastfeeding
> reduces the risk of chronic diseases among children, including
> diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, and
> childhood cancer.
> Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding, including less postpartum
> bleeding, earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight, a possible
> reduced risk of ovarian cancer and premenopausal breast cancer,
> and positive hormonal, physical and psychosocial effects. The
> Blueprint recommends that mothers with certain conditions,
> including Hepatitis C, substance abuse problems, some
> environmental exposures, metabolic disorders and breast implants
> should check with their doctor before breastfeeding. Women with
> HIV/AIDS and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) should
> not breastfeed.
> The Blueprint was developed by the Subcommittee on
> Breastfeeding, under the auspices of the HHS Environmental
> Health Policy Committee, including members of the Federal
> Interagency Working Group on Women's Health and the
> Environment, coordinated by the Office on Women's Health.
> The full text of the HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding can
> be found on a new specialty section on breastfeeding on the Web
> site of the National Women's Health Information Center
> (www.4woman.gov) or through its toll-free telephone service at
> 1-800-994WOMAN (TDD: 1-888-220-5446). For a brief look at
> some of the many programs and services currently promoting and
> supporting breastfeeding within health care, work sites, and
> communities nationwide, visit the Web site developed by the
> Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Centers for Disease
> Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding.
> Agencies that collaborated to develop HHS Blueprint for Action
> on Breastfeeding include the Administration for Children and
> Families, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Agency
> for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease
> Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency,
> Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services
> Administration, Indian Health Service, National Institutes of Health,
> Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of HIV/AIDS
> Policy, Office of Planning and Evaluation, the U.S. Department of
> Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
> >From the private sector; American Academy of Family Physicians,
> American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of
> Health Plans, American College of Nurse-Midwives, American
> Hospital Association, American College of Obstetricians and
> Gynecologists, American Nurses Association, Black Women's
> Health project, Morgan State University, National Black Nurses
> Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National
> Medical Association, Washington Business Group on Health,
> Washington state Department of Health, the United States
> Breastfeeding Committee, and the University of Rochester
> School of Medicine.
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