LINI cannot make a sustainable difference until the critical impact of childhood obesity in the Hispanic population is recognized by all stakeholders, from Hispanic mothers to policy makers. Policy makers must consider the research, education needs, and best practices collected by LINI and must take a stand to position infant feeding and nutrition as a primary prevention strategy in the fight against childhood obesity. Government programs can initiate the momentum needed to achieve sustainable differences for Hispanic mothers, infants and their families. Here’s how:
1. Reference and implement LINI Policy Brief state and federal policy recommendations where applicable in your community.
2. Provide resources for sustainable action, such as supporting policies that accept WIC and EBT vouchers at farmers markets.
3. Pass laws in your community to support breastfeeding in public places.