New Mexico Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

(505) 476-8895 nm.prams@state.nm.us

Positive Parenting: Breastfeeding

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy on Breastfeeding provides extensive research documenting compelling advantages of breastfeeding for infants, mothers, families and society. The AAP recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and continue for the first year. The AAP recommendations include encouraging employers to provide appropriate facilities and adequate time for breast-pumping. New Mexico currently has two laws protecting a woman’s right to breastfeed in public: NMSA 1978, Section 28-20-1 (1999) makes it legal for a mother to “breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be present.” NMSA 1978, Section 28-20-2 (amended 2007) requires employers to provide flexible break times, and a clean, private space, which is not a bathroom, in order to foster the ability of a nursing mother who is an employee to use a breast pump in the workplace.

New Mexico Statistics:

Exclusively Breastfed
Native American Women
13%
Amount of infants exclusively breastfed (no formula) at the end of 6 months.
84%
Native American women who reported they had initiated breastfeeding.
Hispanic Women
White Women
78%
Hispanic women who reported they had initiated breastfeeding.
85%
White women who reported they had initiated breastfeeding.

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