You may remember that in December a proposal for Healthy People 2030 was released which included only one breastfeeding objective: exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months. The breastfeeding field mobilized a strong response during the public comment opportunity, and as a result, breastfeeding at 12 months has been added to the final version, released today!
We extend a hearty "Thank You" to everyone who contributed comments!
Why is this significant? The Healthy People Initiative focuses on critical health promotion and disease prevention topics to guide efforts to improve public health. The initiative sets national health goals for the coming decade, driving attention (and often funding!) to these issues.
Healthy People 2030 was designed to be a more streamlined set of national health objectives than in previous decades, and reducing the number of objectives was a top priority. Doubling the number of breastfeeding objectives from the initial proposal is a significant achievement in this context!
While the overall number of breastfeeding objectives for Healthy Peoplehas been reduced, the CDC will continue to monitor and report annually on all of the Healthy People 2020 measures, ensuring that this data remains accessible and available.
Including two breastfeeding objectives in Healthy People 2030 is an important win for our movement, and will help ensure continued momentum and progress toward creating a landscape of breastfeeding support across the United States.
With your help, we will achieve the Healthy People 2030 targets for breastfeeding. Take action today!
Thank you again for all you do,
~ the USBC Team
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