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Support Our Breastfeeding Initiative

Breastfeeding is a public health game changer. It is low cost, low tech and seldom requires any durable medical equipment, drugs, or infra-structure. It does not discriminate: it improves the health of both boys and girls; healthy or sick; premature or full-term, rich or poor.

Breastfeeding protects our infants
from an increased risk of:

  • type II diabetes
  • obesity
  • asthma
  • certain forms of leukemia
  • ear and gastrointestinal infections
  • SIDS
  • impaired neurodevelopment
  • necrotizing enterocolitis

Women who breastfeed
reduce their risk of:

  • pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • type II diabetes
  • hypertension
  • hyperlipidemia
  • cardiovascular disease (recently determined to be the MOST costly women’s health condition in our country)

Please sign our petition

Tell a Friend about Text4Baby!

Text4baby is a free mobile information service designed
to promote maternal and child health.
Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth.
There are 39,756 text4baby enrollees, with 95% of enrollees reporting that they would recommend the service to a friend.  There are 3061 Georgia women enrolled in text4baby!

Important Announcements


If you are a woman between the ages of 18-44, you may qualify for free health services - Planning for Healthy Babies for more information.

RSV Virus: For most infants, respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus (RSV) causes an illness like a common cold. But some babies may be at high risk for severe RSV disease.  Click here to find out if your baby is at high risk for severe RSV disease.

Are you a pregnant woman or new mother?  Are you feeling alone, sad, overwhelmed, or angry?  Click here to find out how to contact MHA’s Project Healthy Moms Warmline

Family members are the primary source of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) in infants – click to see Sounds of Pertussis video and learn about the Adult Tdap Vaccine.