State to develop new breastfeeding plan

Posted at 10:20 AM, Mar 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-15 10:20:38-04

There's a new push to get more Michigan mothers breastfeeding. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is hosting two forums focused on mom and baby.

The first forum is today. These forums are designed to help Michigan moms start and continue breastfeeding.

Employers, health professionals and the community will get together at the Lansing Center to start developing a new Statewide Breastfeeding Plan.

It's a mission to save lives. While 75% of Michigan mothers report they've breast fed their baby at some point, only 41% are still breastfeeding exclusively at three months, and 16% at 6 months.

Promoting breastfeeding and reducing gaps in breastfeeding rates are important parts of Michigan's plan to reduce infant mortality rates.

The hope is that these community forums will help shape Michigan's Statewide Breastfeeding Plan.

The forum runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Lansing Center.

The second breastfeeding forum is on April 19th in Marquette. Registration for that forum is still open.