On August 6, 2011, the USBC officially declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month. Read the Proclamation.
In recognition of National Breastfeeding Month (NBM), each August the USBC hosts social media advocacy and/or outreach campaign inviting member organizations, breastfeeding coalitions, partner organizations, and individuals to participate in online action and conversation about the policy and practice changes needed to build a landscape of support for babies and families.
2022 Theme: Together We Do Great Things!
The 2022 NBM theme is a celebration of the power and impact of our collective efforts. The USBC vision of thriving families and communities cannot be achieved by any one person, or by just one organization. It happens with a daily effort by us all, and by working together to make a change. We look forward to celebrating all efforts in service to babies, families, and human milk feeding during August!
How you can help: State, County, and City Breastfeeding Month Proclamations
Each year the USBC requests a Congressional Proclamation to declare August as National Breastfeeding Month in the United States. In 2021, the USBC was thrilled to pilot a toolkit that individuals could use to urge their governor to proclaim August as "Breastfeeding Month" in their state or territory. The project was a success resulting in 22 proclamations! The NBM Proclamation Toolkit has been updated for use again this year. Let's get even more in 2022!
National Breastfeeding Month 2022 Weekly Observances
Week 1: World Breastfeeding Week
Dates: August 1-7
Theme: Educate & Support
Week 2: Indigenous Milk Medicine Week
Dates: August 8-14
Theme: Strengthening Our Traditions From Birth and Beyond
Week 3: Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week
Dates: August 15-21
Theme: Telling Our Own Stories. Elevating Our Voices.
Week 4: Black Breastfeeding Week
Dates: August 25-31
Theme: BBW 2022: 10 Years, A New Foundation