Dedicated to building breastfeeding-family friendly communities
First Food is a program of the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health where we identify community partners and engage in collaborative efforts throughout Pennsylvania to increase the availability and access to policies and programs that support breastfeeding.
1 in 4
Only 1 in 4 infants is exclusively breastfed as recommended by the time they are 6 months old.
Low rates of breastfeeding add more than $3 billion a year to medical costs for the mother and child in the United States.
76% of African American infants
Three quarters (76%) of African American infants are ever breastfed, which is below the national average of 84%.
Human milk as the “first food”
Everyone in the community has a role to play in supporting
breastfeeding/chestfeeding families. We offer a variety of programs and resources for all types of community partners and organizations, including resources to increase chest/breastfeeding support within the hospital and healthcare setting, resources to assist employers and businesses with policies to support chest/breastfeeding clients and staff, as well as educational opportunities for healthcare providers, childcare providers and breastfeeding advocates.
First food is a program committed to collaborating with local, private, and public groups across Pennsylvania to promote, protect, and support chest/breastfeeding. Breastfeeding/chestfeeding significantly improves the health, survival, and wellbeing of infants, children, and their mothers. Parents today initiate chest/breastfeeding in the hospital; however, many will stop within a few days or weeks due to social or community pressures. Supporting breastfeeding takes entire communities coming together to remove social and community pressures to create a healthier, more welcoming community for families.