Health Officials Urge Md. Hospitals To Promote Breastfeeding

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“We don’t recommend formula to the baby at this age,” said a lactation consultant to the new mom.

Thank you for reinforcing the AAP, WHO, UNICEF and WIC standards of exclusive breastfeeding.

Originally posted on CBS Baltimore:

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—If you’re a new mom or expecting, a new set of breastfeeding recommendations for hospitals may affect you.

Christie Ileto has more.

Maryland hospitals that deliver babies are being asked to have policies that encourage new mothers like Kayla Jones to breastfeed rather than use infant formula.

“We don’t recommend formula to the baby at this age,” said a lactation consultant to the new mom.

It’s just one of several recommendations made Tuesday by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“So that everybody has the same message that we’re here to help families, here to help moms make the best choice,” said Department Secretary of Public Health Frances Phillips.

It’s a choice, Gay Bearzi at Sinai Hospital says, doesn’t always include infant formula.

“Breastfeeding comes first,” Bearzi said.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most hospitals nationally don’t fully encourage…

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