LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released on Friday its Michigan Breastfeeding Plan, which is meant to advance the initiation and duration of breastfeeding in the state.
Officials also want to reduce disparities among racial and ethnic groups.
While about 87% of mothers in Michigan reported ever breastfeeding their baby, only 58% reported breastfeeding at three months, according to a news release.
“Breastfeeding is a public health priority for MDHHS and the state of Michigan,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We are committed to closing the breastfeeding disparity gap, removing systemic barriers to breastfeeding and supporting all families’ ability to meet their breastfeeding goals.”
The Michigan Breastfeeding Plan divides strategies into three stages: before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after pregnancy/postpartum.
The plan provides information on how community partners and MDHHS can contribute to its success.
Read the full Michigan Breastfeeding Plan here.