Breastfeeding: Are resources reaching the parents who need them?

It’s been established that mothers’ breast milk is the best food for babies. Breastfeeding benefits moms too – reducing risks of postpartum depression and some cancers. But breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally and women who breastfeed can face many challenges.

To help encourage women to continue breastfeeding, doctors and public health workers offer many resources that can help moms who are having difficulty. Many communities offer breastfeeding classes for parents to teach them about breastfeeding positions, how to handle some common challenges, and connect them to resources to get more help if they need it.

But how many parents are accessing breastfeeding classes – and what are some of the barriers facing parents who are missing out on these resources?

To get a better idea, we asked parents of young kids across the country about their experience with breastfeeding classes. The results of this National Poll on Children’s Health will be released this week. See the results as soon as they’re published by signing up for our mailing list. You can also share your thoughts on this topic and follow the conversation on twitter @MottNPCH and #NPCHbreastfeeding.

This report is now available! Read it here: “Breast is best” but uninsured parents take breastfeeding classes less often.