Why Breastfeeding is Important


Human milk is best for human babies. Research has proven it time and time again. When mothers follow nature’s lead and breastfeed their babies, everyone benefits.


Breastmilk has all the right nutrients, in just the right amounts, at just the right time. Throughout the breastfeeding relationship, just like during pregnancy, mom’s body knows what her baby needs.


Breastmilk is always fresh and ready. No mixing, measuring or sterilizing required. Breastfeeding saves time, money and resources. It’s free and leaves no waste from wrappers, cans and packaging. Nighttime feeding and travelling is easier.


Breastfeeding helps baby’s brain flourish, which may enhance the ability to learn. Some studies suggest breastfeeding may result in higher cognitive development.


Breastmilk is easy on baby’s delicate tummy, causing less stomachaches, diarrhea and constipation. Breastfeeding can help to protect children against SIDS, ear infections, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, asthma, allergies and diabetes, as well as many other diseases, including obesity.


Since breastfeeding helps to build a strong immune system, babies get sick less often, so moms and dads might miss less work, too.


Breastfeeding is great for mom’s health, also. It helps her womb shrink back into shape and encourages her body to heal. It even helps her to burn calories and lose weight. Breastfeeding protects mothers against osteoporosis, breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and can reduce postpartum anxiety and depression.


Breastfeeding is soothing for both mother and baby – building a close, trusting relationship. It is truly the start of something special.

Less than half of the mPINC surveys have been submitted!!!

CDC’s 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) is currently in the field. 

ALL hospitals with maternity services in the United States and Territories have been contacted at least once.

When contacting hospitals, an initial screening call is placed to determine if the hospital is eligible to participate and, if eligible, the hospital is sent an email with a link to complete the survey. Of facilities that have received their survey, less than half have submitted their responses. If you were contacted to complete the survey and do not believe you have received it yet, please remember to look for an e-mail from CDCMPINCSURVEY@battelle.org. Please check your junk e-mail folder, too.

Please share this information with your partners who may wish to reach out to hospitals in their communities to encourage them to participate in the survey.  Periodic updates on the screening process will be available @ https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/mpinc/

Better Care Starts with You!
West Virginia Now Has FOUR Baby Friendly Hospitals!!
Congratulations to Berkeley Medical Center, Martinsburg WV
on your Baby Friendly Designation!!  

The National Breastfeeding Helpline 1-800-994-9662

M-F 9:00am to 6:00pm

West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance

c/o 409 Echols Lane

Lewisburg WV 24901

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