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CDC: Hospitals Impede Breastfeeding
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The nation’s hospitals are getting poor reviews for their efforts to encourage new mothers to breastfeed their infants, and that failure could worsen the childhood obesity problem in this country, according to a Hospital Support for Breastfeeding report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Most U.S. hospitals have policies and practices that do not conform to international recommendations for best practices in maternity care and interfere with mothers’ abilities to breastfeed,” the CDC said, adding that “suboptimal breastfeeding in the United States annually results in an estimated $2.2 billion in additional direct medical costs.”