Breast/chestfeeding is essential for maternal and child health. We recognize that it is “The Great Equalizer,” impacting health equity outcomes at all ages and stages of life. 

It is a difficult time with pressing challenges for communities to support families, and we may wonder how international events intersect with the protection, promotion, and support of breast/chestfeeding.  It often is an underrepresented health equity issue in support of families. The health inequities around breast/chestfeeding continue to compromise the optimal growth and development of children and their families.

Parents today initiate breast/chestfeeding in the hospital; however, many will stop within a few days or weeks due to social or community pressures. A Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community helps to remove social and community pressures to create a healthier, more welcoming community for families.