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Missoula Measures - Breastfeeding

graph percent of Missoula WIC clients who breastfed 2013




In Montana in 2013:

Kaiser Family - State Health


graph breastfeeding rates, US, Montana, Missoula, 2013, Healthy People 2020 goal 

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



William Dietz, MD, director of CDC's division of nutrition and physical activity.



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Healthy People 2020 Target

  • 81.9% of babies ever breastfed
  • 60.6% of babies breastfed for 6 months
  • 34.1% of babies breastfeed for 12 months


Related Data

According to the Breastfeeding Report Card, 2013 -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Division:

3 Steps that can increase initiation and success of breastfeeding:

  1. Skin-to-skin contact between mother and infant within 5 minutes of delivery, and until baby initiates breastfeeding.
  2. Rooming-in at hospital/clinic: have baby in the room with the mother at least 23 hours a day.
  3. Easy access to weekly breastfeeding support groups.


graph breastfeeding rates Missoula 2011-2013


Local agencies that address this topic

The Missoula County WIC (Women, Infants & Children program) has 5  clinic sites throughout the county, where enrolled mothers can receive support for breastfeeding.  This includes education, “how to” materials, supplemental foods, Vitamin D supplements, and breast-pumps. Breastfeeding support is available to all moms in Missoula County.  Breastfeeding Helpline - 207-HELP (4357).

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 and at Community Medical Center.  They can provide education and support to mothers in Missoula County.

A brochure of Missoula Breastfeeding Support organizations.

Worksite breastfeeding information.  The Missoula City-County Healty Dept. also provides assistance and recognition to worksites that support mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, following maternity leave.


Related websites

CDC - Breastfeeding 

Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care - report from CDC (mPINC)

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding - what birth centers and health care providers can do.

Links to health data, statistics and information from many national sources.


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