A new study in the journal of Pediatrics confirms that baby-friendly hospital practices help new moms reach their breastfeeding goals.
The study looked at six baby-friendly hospital practices—breastfeeding within one hour of birth, giving only breast milk to baby, rooming in, breastfeeding on demand, no pacifier use, and information on breastfeeding support—and concluded that “Increased Baby-Friendly hospital practices, particularly giving only breast milk in the hospital, may help more mothers achieve their exclusive breastfeeding intentions.”
The study also found that two-thirds of moms who currently intend to breastfeed exclusively are not meeting their intended duration.
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