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Missoula Healthy Kids Indictors - 2020


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively, with no baby formula or added foods or beverages, for the first six months of life.

Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, and those who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Mothers themselves who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.  Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding,” Jan. 2011

Breast milk is widely acknowledged to be the most complete form of nutrition for most infants, with a range of benefits for their health, growth, immunity and development.  HP 2020




graph breastfeeding US, Montana, Missoula 2009 

US and MT - CDC Breastfeeding Report Card, 2010
Missoula - WIC, MCCHD

graph breastfeeding in Missoula 2008


Healthy People 2020 Target      
  Base Target
   Ever breastfed 73.9% 81.9%
   At 6 months 43.4% 60.5%
   At 1 year 22.7% 34.1%
   Exclusively thru 3 months 35.1% 44.3%
   Exclusively thru 6 months 13.6% 23.7%

The US Dept of Health and Human Services sponsors the Healthy People objectives,
 a science-based, 10-year national plan for improving the health of all Americans.

How are we doing?

Missoula has a growing number of services to support mothers in breastfeeding their babies. These include 7 WIC clinic sites throughout the county, where enrolled mothers can receive support for breastfeeding including education, “how to” materials, supplemental foods, multi-vitamins, and breast-pumps. In addition, there is an active LeLeche league, the Missoula Breastfeeding Coalition, and several certified lactation consultant staff at the Missoula City-County Health Department as well as at Community Medical Center, to provide education and support to mothers in Missoula County. MCCHD provides assistance and recognition to worksites that support mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, following maternity leave.

As of Jan. 2011, about 175 Missoula businesses have signed on to a campaign to support breastfeeding.  MCCHD

Montana is one of 17 states that both mandate employer lactation support and support breastfeeding in public.  Breastfeeding Report Card, CDC, 2010.

For Additional data and information important for evaluating this topic, click here.

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