New CDC Report on Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Breastfeeding Initiation Now Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week released a new report that revealed the rates of breastfeeding initiation have increased during the past decade, but racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeed still persist. The report found that the disparities in breastfeeding initiation vary across states, as do the racial and ethnic groups corresponding to each state’s largest disparity. The authors of the report recommend public health efforts to reduce disparities and improve infant nutrition, with messaging and outreach tailored to each state’s specific disparities.

OHA and the Ohio Department of Health are proud to offer the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies breastfeeding program, to recognize maternity centers in Ohio that have taken steps to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in their organizations. Learn more about the First Steps program here.