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January 20th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Surgeon General launches breastfeeding 'call to action'

The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin wants breastfeeding to be easier for mothers. Dr. Benjamin is launching a "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding" because of the low numbers of mothers who breastfeed in the United States. Dr. Benjamin says there are various health benefits that come with breastfeeding, but it's difficult for many women to reap those benefits as they continue to try to breastfeed while working.

American Morning's Kiran Chetry talks with Dr. Benjamin about her new initiative.

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  1. Maria Simkins

    As a mother of two who exclusively breastfeeds Some of the deterents of breastfeeding can also be financial. Employers can help by offering to pay 50/50 for a high end electric breast pump(typically run $250-$350) that is efficient and offer to offset the costs of breastfeeding ie: breast milk bags to freeze milk, breast shields etc to help encourage those to breast feed. If employers help to take part in preventative medicine they in turn will pay less in"sickdays" for moms due to an illness of the child and in the long run like the S.G. spoke of overall health and lessen obesity which will cost this nation a fortune. As a nation we need to be healthier. Make the public more aware of its benefits to mom and baby. I was not even aware of the lower risk of breast cancer etc. Educate Educate educate!!

    January 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  2. Rusty Lee

    Why in the world would Mothers stop doing something so vital to thier chidren

    January 21, 2011 at 10:11 am |