Breastfeeding is the normal
natural way to feed infants and
it affords protection to both
infant and mother.

Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition Mission Statement:
The mission of the Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition is to
facilitate a community and statewide landscape that
protects, supports, and promotes breastfeeding
as the biological norm for a healthier Idaho.
Idaho Breastfeeding Coalition Vision Statement:
There are no obstacles to breastfeeding in Idaho.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card and Idaho leads the nation in 3 of the 5 breastfeeding measures:
91.8% Ever breastfed
74.5% Breastfeeding at 6 months
60.3% Exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months
Idaho is 2nd in the nation in the other 2 breastfeeding measures:
45.5% Breastfeeding at 12 months (Oregon is first at 52.3%)
27% Exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months (California is first at 27.4%)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers breastfeed for 12 months, and the World Health Organization recommends
breastfeeding for two years. More than 90% of mothers breastfed in the hospital.

RISKS OF NOT BREASTFEEDING

There is increased risk of ear infections, diabetes, obesity, SIDS in
infants who are not breastfed. Not breastfeeding is also linked to a
decrease of 5-10 points IQ. There is increased risk of breast cancer
and ovarian cancer in mothers who do not breastfeed.

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My baby is now 100% breastfeeding on both side and she is not using the nipple shield and refuses to take a bottle. Thanks for all the help with breastfeeding.
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When the hospital found out I was still breastfeeding my 22 month old son they were so excited. They encouraged me to breastfeed frequently while he was in the hospital with RSV.

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