TRUMBULL \u2014 August is National Breastfeeding Month, with this year\u2019s theme being, \u201cMany Voices United.\u201d The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Trumbull Health Department, and local partners are working together to create breast-feeding friendly worksites throughout the state. All major health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agree that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants and recommend that infants be exclusively breastfed (receiving no other food or drink) for the first six months of life. Further, breastfeeding should continue along with appropriate complementary foods until the child is one-to-two years-old or longer. \u201cThe decision to breastfeed is a personal one,\u201d said Trumbull Health Director Luci Bango. \u201cExpecting mothers who choose to breastfeed should feel comfortable knowing they have the resources and support of their employers and their community.\u201d Breastfeeding provides numerous and well documented health benefits, including infant protection from a variety of diseases and conditions such as diarrhea, ear infections, urinary tract infection, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin\u2019s disease and childhood overweight and obesity. Mothers also experience improved health outcomes, including protection against the development of type 2 diabetes, lowered risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, and reduced risk of early menopause, which has been associated with cardiovascular disease, a leading cause of death. Though benefits of breastfeeding are clear, the ability to meet national breastfeeding recommendations is largely dependent upon the support systems within a family\u2019s community. In Connecticut, over 86 percent of infants are breastfed at birth but that number drops to only 59.6 percent at six months of age. \u201cBreastfeeding families need more support,\u201d Bango said. The CT Breastfeeding Coalition, DPH, and their partners launched The Breastfeeding: It\u2019s Worth It! campaign to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates and to reduce the barriers in the environment, including institutions that cause women to stop breastfeeding before they are ready. The campaign centers on several key themes, including the importance of planning ahead, evidence-based maternity care practices, support from the community including childcare providers, and returning to work. Learn more about the campaign at https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/breastfeedingct\/. Visit\u202f https:\/\/www.breastfeedingct.org\/index.html\u202fto find out about specific virtual meeting times or contact Monica Belyea\u202f, email@example.com. Employers and childcare providers can learn more about becoming \u201cbreastfeeding-friendly\u201d at https:\/\/www.breastfeedingct.org\/.