Developing and maintaining a successful breastfeeding relationship is one of the best things you can do for your child’s health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.

It’s important to know where you can turn if you need help along your breastfeeding journey. Getting the right support can make a big difference in helping you reach your goals.

For those who qualify there is nutrition and breastfeeding support from the Arizona WIC Program. WIC serves pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and infants and children under the age of five. To find out if you qualify visit here.

Nearly every ADHS licensed and DES certified child care provider participates in the Empower Program. The Empower Program supports healthy children by shaping healthy environments, including a breastfeeding friendly environment. Ask your child care provider about the Empower Standards.

Babies do not come with instructions, so it’s important to know where to turn for help. Get answers to your breastfeeding questions 24 hours a day by calling the Arizona Department of Health Services’ 24-Hour Breastfeeding Hotline at 1-800-833-4642.