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5 Ways MDs Can Help Moms Breastfeed

Using human milk for human babies just makes sense, but the health impact is mind numbing. According to the Surgeon General, $13 billion would be saved annually in the U.S. if 90% of women followed guidelines to exclusively breastfeed for … Continue reading

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Step 6: Human Milk for Human Babies

In 2011 nearly 80 percent of women who delivered at Memorial Hospital started out wanting to breastfeed. A few of those, 9 percent, gave up breastfeeding during their hospital stay. Many, 48 percent, supplemented feedings with formula at least once.* Reasons … Continue reading

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5 Points to LOVE About New AAP Policy Statement

It couldn’t have come at a better time. As we are rewriting policy and hammering out procedures, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published their revised Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk policy statement. It’s an easy 10-page read, … Continue reading

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How it all began for us…

I don’t know yet if this is a typical beginning. My hope is that blogtobabyfriendly will draw hospitals together, and we can share our stories. From those stories, hospitals that haven’t begun their Baby-Friendly story can be encouraged to begin.  … Continue reading

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Let’s start at the very beginning…

If you happened to be visiting Florence, Italy in August 1990, you may have been near the conception of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). The United States Agency for International Development and the Swedish International Development Authority sponsored a World … Continue reading

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