Monday, January 24, 2011

Surgeon General Issues "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding"

Chicago Tribune: More moms should breastfeed for six months, surgeon general advises, by Mary Forgione:

New mothers receive lots of advice about breastfeeding but not typically from the U.S. surgeon general. The nation's top doctor issued breastfeeding guidelines Thursday that urge more mothers to give their babies a healthy edge by breastfeeding for the first six months of their lives.

The "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding" report by Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin's says 75% of mothers start out breastfeeding but only 13% continue to do so by the end of six months. It also says breastfeeding rates are particularly low among African Americans. . . .

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