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At TLN, we believe lactation care is a human right. We connect families with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants—the gold standard in lactation care—because every family deserves access to this crucial preventative care. And we help IBCLCs grow their private practices so they can focus on what matters most: Growing families.

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BREASTFEEDING AT A GLANCE

Fact 1

WHO and the CDC recommend six months of exclusive breast(chest)feeding.

Fact 2

84% of American families start out breastfeeding, but only 24% are still exclusively breastfeeding at six months.

Fact 3

That means 60% of American families do not achieve their feeding goals, and they’re missing out on crucial health benefits of nursing longer.

Parents who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure

Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of:

  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Severe lower respiratory disease
  • Acute otitis media (ear infections)
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Gastrointestinal infections (diarrhea/vomiting)
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for preterm infants
Fact 4

Low breastfeeding rates costs the American healthcare system $13 billion every year.

Fact 5

The ACA mandates full coverage for lactation care, including education and supplies like breast pumps.

Fact 6

Despite the ACA’s mandate, families still struggle to access this insurance-covered care. This is where TLN comes in: We work directly with insurance providers to make sure families get the expert lactation care they deserve.