Breastfeeding leads to better health

Tue, 08/21/2018

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend exclusively breastfeeding infants up to six months of age. According to the CDC, more than 65% of infants born in Washington in 2014 were breastfed at six months of age.

For babies, breastfeeding can protect against a variety of diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, asthma, and ear infections. Moms also receive benefits from breastfeeding, such as decreased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and breast and ovarian cancers.

Breastfeeding moms and babies need all the support they can get. Learn more about how UMP and SmartHealth assist.

How UMP can help:

Lactation (breastfeeding) counseling and breast pumps are covered as preventive by UMP, when services are provided by a preferred or participating provider. Read the “Obstetric and newborn care” section of your certificate of coverage to learn more.

Are you a SmartHealth participant?

Earn 150 SmartHealth points for breastfeeding or for offering support. Visit SmartHealth’s National Breastfeeding Awareness Month tile for details.


  • Medical benefits: Call UMP Customer Service at 1-888-849-3681 (TRS: 711).
  • Prescription drugs: Call Washington State Rx Services at 1-888-361-1611 (TRS: 711).