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Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative

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Breastfeeding is beneficial to babies, moms, and society as a whole. Supporting a built environment that promotes breastfeeding through lactation accommodation, Baby Friendly initiatives, and recognition is a way to ensure the well-being of our maternal and infant population and to reduce the risk of obesity.

A mother’s surroundings impact her decision to consider initiating breastfeeding, to breastfeed exclusively for the recommended 6 months, and to continue to breastfeed with appropriate foods as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is vital to ensure that her environment, whether that be a hospital, worksite, or childcare environment, accommodates and encourages breastfeeding.

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