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Support for Breast-Feeding Found Lacking in Many U.S. Hospitals
Date:8/2/2011

thy and reduces health-care costs."

Low rates of breast-feeding in the United States result in $2.2 billion in additional medical costs per year. Babies who are fed formula and stop breast-feeding early have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, respiratory and ear infections. They also require more doctor visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions, according to the CDC.

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The U.S. National Institute of Child Health & Human Development has more about breast-feeding.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Aug. 2, 2011


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