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Hospital support for breastfeeding; preventing obesity begins in hospitals
  • Published Date:
    2011 August 2
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Hospital support for breastfeeding; preventing obesity begins in hospitals
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services. ;
  • Series:
    Vital signs ; 2011 August
    MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report ; v. 60, early release, August 2, 2011, p. 1-6
  • Description:
    "Childhood obesity is an epidemic. In the US, 1 preschooler in 5 is at least overweight, and half of these are obese. Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood obesity. A baby's risk of becoming an overweight child goes down with each month of breastfeeding. In the US, most babies start breastfeeding, but within the first week, half have already been given formula, and by 9 months, only 31% of babies are breastfeeding at all. Hospitals can either help or hinder mothers and babies as they begin to breastfeed. The Baby- Friendly Hospital Initiative describes Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding that have been shown to increase breastfeeding rates by providing support to mothers. Unfortunately, most US hospitals do not fully support breastfeeding; they should do more to make sure mothers can start and continue breastfeeding.." - p. 1

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