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10 Building Blocks of Early Childhood Nutrition: Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding

April 30, 2020


ASTHO hosted its third ASTHOConnect for the Breastfeeding Learning Community on April 30, 2020. The goal of this ASTHOConnect was to increase the awareness and understanding of the learning community’s work to support public health initiatives, including promotion of breastfeeding through perinatal quality collaboratives, focused on two goals, developing lifelong healthy dietary patterns to prevent chronic disease, and raising awareness on the importance of early nutrition in the first two years of life for healthy growth and development.

  1. Provide background on how breastfeeding promotes lifelong nutrition and health, including early brain development.
  2. Demonstrate how states have promoted breastfeeding via perinatal quality collaboratives and the effects of those initiatives, including their impact on breastfeeding rates.
  3. Describe the ways in which disparities in access to nutrition for breastfeeding mothers disproportionately and negatively impact racial and ethnic minority populations.