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Indiana State Department of Health

Program Areas > Breastfeeding Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding provides babies with the healthiest start in life. Families will enjoy the benefits of optimal maternal and child health and development when breastfeeding is culturally accepted. Indiana aims to continue increasing breastfeeding rates into the next decade and beyond.


The key partners of this effort include Maternal and Child Health Services, Indiana Perinatal Network, and WIC. The purpose is to outreach to the general public to promote breastfeeding among non-WIC and WIC communities.

The family helpline will return calls and find assistance for individuals.

Program Activities:

  1. Breastfeeding Logo
  2. Statewide Born To Be Breastfed Advertising Campaign
  3. First Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition Conference-September 7, 2006
  4. Born To Be Breastfed - A Call to Action to Promote Breastfeeding in Indiana

Please e-mail if you need more information and/or would like to partner in these programs.

Provides information about women's health
Provides information about pregnancy and breastfeeding
IN state resource book and community information
CDC guidelines, breastfeeding and obesity prevention
Breastfeeding is one of the main obesity prevention strategies in the CDC's Resource Guide for Nutrition and Physical Activity Interventions to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases

The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions Slides  (Powerpoint 3.79MB)
Presentation by Katherine Shealy, MPH, IBCLC, RLC at Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity Teleconference May 12, 2005

Breastfeeding Law:

Not withstanding any other law, a woman may breastfeed her child anywhere the woman has a right to be.  Source: Indiana Code 16-35-6-1 Chapter 6, Sec. 7

Statistics: (coming soon)