Healthy People provides science-based, ten-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:
- Encourage collaborations across sectors,
- Guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and
- Measure the impact of prevention activities.
Healthy People 2020
Healthy People 2020 continues in this tradition with the launch on December 2, 2010 of its ambitious, yet achievable, ten-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. Healthy People 2020 objectives on breastfeeding are under the Maternal, Infant, and Child Health (MICH) Topic Area, under the section on "Infant Care."
The 2020 targets are as follows:
||Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed:
|| At 6 months
|| At 1 year
|| Exclusively through 3 months
|| Exclusively through 6 months
||Increase the proportion of employers that have worksite lactation support programs
||Reduce the proportion of breastfed newborns who receive formula supplementation within the first 2 days of life
||Increase the proportion of live births that occur in facilities that provide recommended care for lactating mothers and their babies
View the latest Breastfeeding Report Card from CDC, tracking the breastfeeding objectives for each state.
Healthy People 2010
Healthy People 2010 objectives on breastfeeding were under Focus Area 16: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health, underneath the goal: "Improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children, and families." 2010 Objective 16-19 read: "Increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their babies."
The 2010 targets and final results were as follows:
|| Increase in Proportion of Mothers Who Breastfeed
% of Mothers
% of Mothers
||In early postpartum period
||At 6 months
||At 1 year
||Exclusively through 3 months
||Exclusively through 6 months