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Breastfeeding Support Helps New Moms Stick With It, U.S. Doctors Say

Breastfeeding Support Helps New Moms Stick With It, U.S. Doctors Say

Women who want to breastfeed their babies may be more likely to try it and to stick with it when they receive education and support, new U.S. guidelines conclude. Updated recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recognize the many health benefits of breastfeeding for both mothers and babies while also accepting that women need to make a personal choice about how to feed their infants. Still, some women may need more support than they get, Dr. Dimitri Christakis of Seattle Children’s Research Institute notes in a separate editorial in JAMA Pediatrics.

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