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Benefits of Breastfeeding and Skin to Skin Care

February 16, 201510 min
According to the CDC, one of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant is to breastfeed. However, in the United States, although most mothers hope to breastfeed, and 79% of babies start out being breastfed, only 19% are exclusively breastfed 6 months later. Women stop breastfeeding for many reasons, some out of their control. Through the support of others, including health care providers, friends, families and employers, some of these reasons can be avoided. Additionally, hospitals participating in rooming-in and promoting skin to skin care help parents create a bond with their newborns that also has a positive impact on the health of their baby.Pam Tozier, RN is here to discuss the health benefits of breastfeeding your infant.

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