Mothers & Families
The first section of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding focuses on Mothers and Their Families, calling for two specific actions:
- Action 1. Give mothers the support they need to breastfeed their babies.
- Action 2. Develop programs to educate fathers and grandmothers about breastfeeding.
"Mothers and Their Families" excerpt from Executive Summary: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding:
Encouraging women to discuss their desire and plans to breastfeed with their clinicians, family and friends, employers, and child care providers is key. When a woman has decided she wants to breastfeed, discussing her plans with her clinician during prenatal care and again when she is in the hospital or birth center will enable her clinician to give her the type of information and assistance she needs to be successful. Family members—including spouses, partners and the baby’s grandmothers—can play critical support roles, both with regard to assisting in decision-making about how the baby is fed and in providing support for breastfeeding after the baby is born.