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August 3rd, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Report: Hospitals fail to encourage breastfeeding

While almost all hospitals inform new parents about the benefits of breastfeeding during pregnancy, a lot more could be done to help new moms succeed once the baby is born.

A new CDC report released at noon today finds that only 4% of hospitals follow 9 out of 10 recommendations to get mom & baby on the successful path of breastfeeding.

Nursing babies for the first 9 months can reduce the risk of becoming overweight by 30%, but only 1/3 of new moms are still breastfeeding at this time.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent, joins American Morning today to discuss why breast milk is so important for babies and to weigh in on what hospitals can do to help encourage nursing mothers.

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  1. Al Smith

    Congress does not deserve their pay, much less a 5 week Vacation. How about cutting the debt by starting with Congress ..... put them on a 2 week vacation, cut their staff by 50%, ss as their retirement, and co-pays for their medical just like most of us. They somehow feel they are above the rest of us and deserve more while the American people suffer as a result of their inability to provide real leadership.

    August 4, 2011 at 6:31 am |