Research & Surveillance
If you are a researcher interested in partnering with CBC or other CT based research teams, please contact Committee Chair Francie Penny. There are research teams at several colleges and universities in CT who are interested in collaborating.
Recent publications of interest to lactation support providers and breastfeeding families will be posted on our Resources page.
Connecticut's Breastfeeding Report Card
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases a national Breastfeeding Report Card every two years. It includes five indicators that tell us the extent to which infants are breastfed: (1) Ever breastfed, (2) Breastfeeding at 6 months, (3) Breastfeeding at 12 months, (4) Exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months and (5) Exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months. It also includes data on whether infants receive formula in the hospital just after they are born. These indicators are the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2020, the nation’s health priorities (CDC, 2014).
The CDC website has the most recent Breastfeeding Report Card and information about the report.
CT PRAMS Ongoing Surveillance
Connecticut PRAMS, the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, is a surveillance project of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PRAMS collects information on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy from a sample of postpartum women in Connecticut. Information from PRAMS will be used to help plan better health programs for Connecticut mothers and infants.
The goal of the PRAMS project is to improve the health of mothers and infants by reducing adverse outcomes such as low birth weight, infant mortality and morbidity, and maternal morbidity. PRAMS provides state-specific data for planning and assessing health programs and for describing maternal experiences that may contribute to maternal and infant death.
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