The Pennsylvania Department of Health recognizes breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, continued breastfeeding for the first year and then for as long as mutually desired by mother and child. Mother's milk is best for both babies and mothers and offers complete nutrition that cannot be reproduced in formula.
The Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Program was started in 2004 to increase the number of new mothers who choose breastfeeding as their long-term infant feeding method.
We hope our website will give you the resources and tools you need to promote and support breastfeeding in your community. Give your baby the best start possible - breastfeed!
If you need more information, visit Handouts for Parents or call the Healthy Baby Line at
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Program, click on the links to the right.
According to the CDC Zika virus website, to date there are no reports of infants getting Zika virus through breastfeeding. Because of the benefits of breastfeeding, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed even in areas where Zika virus is found.