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World Breastfeeding Week

Take action to support breastfeeding at home, at work and in childcare

August is Minnesota Breastfeeding Month, and August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week

What you can do to support breastfeeding

At home

We can help!*

Tell her how proud you are of her.

Tell her this when the baby is 1 day old, 4 weeks old, 3 months old, 6 months old, 1 year old, 2 years old, and so on. Breastfeeding doesn't stop being the best thing for baby at a specific age.

Help her get knowledgeable support.

If she is struggling with breastfeeding, unless you have training in lactation, help guide her to someone that does have that training:

Offer to help with everything BUT feeding.

  • Change diapers
  • Burp the baby
  • Do laundry
  • Cook meals
  • Run errands


At work

We can help!*

Find a solution to give nursing mothers time and space to express milk at work.

  • Explore a variety of permanent, flexible, and even mobile space options to provide privacy.
  • Manage schedules in creative ways so that women can have the time they need to express milk.
  • Supporting nursing mothers at work has been found to bring businesses a positive return on investment.

Have a Breastfeeding Policy.

  • Give all employees access to consistent support.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities for both supervisors and employees.

Apply for Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace recognition.


In childcare

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Support mothers in their decision to continue breastfeeding.

  • Talk about why breastfeeding is so good for babies.
  • Tell parents you are happy to care for breastfed babies.
  • Be willing to feed babies their mom’s expressed breast milk.
  • Provide a quiet place for mothers to nurse their babies.
  • Learn about proper breast milk storage and serving methods.

Listen with compassion and honor mothers’ breastfeeding goals.

  • Develop a plan with baby’s parents to feed on demand, including breastfeeding by mom whenever possible.

Include fathers and other supportive relatives or partners in decisions related to the baby’s care.

  • Encourage others to feel good about the role they play in supporting baby’s breastfeeding.


We can help!

WIC, Family Health and Health Promotion have services that support breastfeeding. For more information about these services, contact Public Health at 952-563-8900.