Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the nutritional standard for infant and young child feeding. Human breast milk is not only the ideal food for infants, but it is the only food that infants need for the first six months of life.

Breastfeeding is endorsed not only by the Virginia Department of Health, but also by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many other scientific organizations.

Infant Feeding in Disasters and Emergencies

Virginia Public Breastfeeding Law

Mothers Have A Legal Right To Breastfeed In Public

Enacted in 2015, Va. Code § 32.1-370 states in relevant part, “A mother may breastfeed in any place where the mother is lawfully present…”

If you have a question or concern about this law or feel your rights have been violated please email vabreastfeeds@vdh.virginia.gov


Governor’s Proclamation
National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Governor Ralph Northam issued a proclamation recognizing August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the state of Virginia.

 

Materials

 

Join us on August 28, 2019 for a screening of Chocolate Milk: The Documentary. The 90-minute film examines how the socioeconomic factors of race and sex influence breastfeeding rates for black mothers in America through the stories of three women. We will be hosting panel discussion following the film with light refreshments. The panel discussion will be live-streamed on our Facebook. This screening is free and open to the public. Register to reserve your spot today!