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National Prevention Strategy

The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Strategy was released on June 16, 2011 by the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council. The strategy identifies seven Priorities:

  • Tobacco Free Living
  • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
  • Healthy Eating
  • Active Living
  • Injury and Violence Free Living
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being

Breastfeeding is included as Recommendation # 5 under Healthy Eating, which specifically calls to: "Support policies and programs that promote breastfeeding."

Specific Action recommendations include:

  • The Federal Government will...support breastfeeding, including implementing the breastfeeding provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
  • State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Governments can...work with hospitals, early learning centers, health care providers, and community-based organizations to implement breastfeeding policies and programs.
  • Businesses and Employers can...adopt lactation policies that provide space and break time for breastfeeding employees (in accordance with the Affordable Care Act) and offer lactation management services and support (e.g., breastfeeding peer support programs).
  • Community, Non-Profit, and Faith-based Organizations can...implement culturally and linguistically appropriate social supports for breastfeeding, such as marketing campaigns and breastfeeding peer support programs.