Breastfeeding Resources and Information

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COVID-19 Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Guidance

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention page for latest information and guidance about COVID-19 for pregnant individuals and breastfeeding parents. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.  

You already know that breastfeeding is best for you and your baby. What you may not know is that learning to breastfeed can take time, patience and practice. Learn what to expect with breastfeeding, build your confidence, and know where to find support.

World Breastfeeding week events

Virtual Latch-On – two events to choose from!
Friday, July 31
10:00 - 11:00 am
Sign-Up for More Information on the Bennington, VT Virtual Big Latch On 2020. Hosted by Green Mountain Birth Connections. 
Sign Up - Hosted by the Vermont Department of Health, WIC, Building Bright Futures, Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development and Children's Integrated Services, and Rise VT. 

Virtual Baby Chat
Saturday, August 1
10:00 - 11:00 am
Sign Up, call 802-888-7447 or email amanda.densmore@vermont.gov to receive the invitation to join the Baby Chat Group. Hosted by the Vermont Dept of Health and Lactation and Birthing Solutions.

Virtual Latch-On
Sunday, August 2
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sign Up - Hosted by the Vermont Department of Health, WIC, Building Bright Futures, Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development and Children's Integrated Services, and Rise VT.

Go Gold for World Breastfeeding Week
Monday, August 3
Wear Gold or Yellow for Breastfeeding Awareness on August 3 and post your photo with the hashtag #gogoldWBW2020

Knowledge + Support + Confidence = Success!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your baby only breast milk until age 6 months, and breast milk plus solid foods from 6-12 months and beyond. The World Health Organization recommends feeding only breast milk for 6 months and breast milk plus solid foods for 2 or more years.

Breastfeeding can be challenging for both new and experienced individuals. Whatever your breastfeeding goal may be, find the information and support you need below. 

Breastfeeding Information and Resources

Visit WIC Breastfeeding Support to explore the stages of breastfeeding. Learn about the benefits, what to expect in the first few days, how to overcome common challenges, and how to fit breastfeeding in with your lifestyle.

Download Your Guide to Breastfeeding from the Office on Women's Health.

Find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or ask your health care provider for a referral. La Leche League also offers monthly meetings and one-on-one support in some parts of the state.

Vermont Breastfeeding Resources

Vermont Breastfeeding Resources

The more you know about breastfeeding the easier it will be to meet your breastfeeding goal. Watch videos of normal breastfeeding newborn behavior and learn about breastfeeding resources in your community.

Vermont Breastfeeding Strategic Plan 2020-2022

It is the goal of the Vermont Department of Health and its partners to support Vermont families in meeting their breastfeeding goals. The following plan represents the strategic priorities we plan to undertake at a statewide and community level over the next years. It is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practice strategies and informed by partners in all sectors across Vermont.

Vermont Breastfeeding Strategic Plan: 2020-2022

Breastfeeding Laws

Vermont breastfeeding laws provide protection for individuals who nurse in public and support breastfeeding individuals when they return to the workplace. In addition, recent healthcare reform at the federal level put in place break time requirements for employers.