Since 2012, Congress has allocated funds to the CDC Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding program. The funds extend beyond hospital walls!
The CDC uses these funds to support a wide range of public health outcomes including improving maternity care practices, increasing access to peer & professional support, ensuring continuity of breastfeeding care, increasing support for breastfeeding employees, and addressing disparities in breastfeeding rates.
Over the past ten years, this federal investment in breastfeeding and human milk feeding has only increased by $2.75 million. An increase in this line item could help our nation build an infrastructure that protects the nutrition security of infants throughout the country.
Each fiscal year, the process begins with the President's Budget, which sets the stage for federal budget negotiations. Let's make sure breastfeeding is at the table with the White House from the beginning.
Join us in calling on the President and Vice President to increase the federal budget request for the Hospitals Promoting Breastfeeding line item!