MDHHS is committed to supporting breastfeeding families, increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration, and closing the breastfeeding gap between black and white populations that persists in Michigan. Although from 2010 to 2018, the disparity between whites and blacks in breastfeeding initiation has narrowed from 19% to 14.7%, MDHHS remains committed to closing this gap further. The root cause of breastfeeding disparities is systemic racism, and in addressing systemic racism, it must remain at the heart of our strategies.
MDHHS is pleased to announce a step toward improving breastfeeding rates in Michigan by releasing The Michigan Breastfeeding Plan: State Strategies to Advance Breastfeeding Practice 2021-2024. This plan outlines how crucial breastfeeding is in each of the perinatal phases and outlines strategies for partners to consider and MDHHS commitments.
The Michigan Breastfeeding Plan is guided by the vision to remove barriers, advance equity, and promote breastfeeding as essential for infant nutrition, social-emotional health, and chronic disease prevention by ensuring that all families have the opportunity to breastfeed for as long as they wish.
The Breastfeeding Plan sets the common agenda necessary for a collaborative approach to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in Michigan. The Breastfeeding Plan’s strategies contribute to Michigan’s broader goals of ensuring that all families can reach their health potential and align with the Plan’s strategies to improve health and equity in the mother and child of zero preventable deaths and zero health disparities.