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August 2021: Breastfeeding Month

WHEREAS, breastfeeding is not a lifestyle choice, it is a public health imperative; and,


WHEREAS, breastfeeding is a key disease prevention strategy over the life course, including breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, leukemia, cardiovascular disease and stroke, and diabetes, as well as mental health - all diseases that disproportionately impact Black and Indigenous People of Color; and,


WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continuing for at least a year; and,


WHEREAS, breastfeeding is central to reclaiming traditional birth practices from the detrimental and ongoing impacts of colonialism and chattel slavery on Indigenous and Black communities; and,


WHEREAS, breastfeeding in public is protected under the 2014 "Breastfeeding Anti-Discrimination Act" in Michigan; and,


WHEREAS, everyone in society benefits from breastfeeding, so must everyone contribute to making breastfeeding feasible to ensure a healthy future for all Michigan residents;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Breastfeeding Network, to hereby proclaim August 2021 as Breastfeeding Month in Michigan.