In 2000, the Office on Women’s Health, in conjunction with other Federal agencies and health care professional organizations, worked with the Office of the Surgeon General to publish the HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding. Under the auspices of the Environmental Health Policy Committee, the Office on Women’s Health created the Subcommittee on Breastfeeding, consisting of government representatives from various Federal agencies and liaison members from non-federal organizations. This Blueprint for Action establishes a comprehensive breastfeeding policy for the nation.
The Blueprint for Action introduces an action plan for breastfeeding based on education, training, awareness, support, and research. The plan includes key recommendations that were refined by the members and reviewers of the Subcommittee on Breastfeeding during their deliberations of science-based findings. Recognizing that breastfeeding rates are influenced by various factors, these recommendations suggest an approach in which all interested stakeholders come together to forge partnerships to promote breastfeeding.