August 2nd, 2012

CDC report: Colorado number 1 in breast feeding

By Kim Posey
Fox 31 Denver

Colorado Health officials have something new to boast about. According to the CDC Colorado now ranks number one in the country for the number of mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months.

Jennifer Dellaport, a breast feeding specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, says this is great news because breast fed babies are healthier and grow into healthier children.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General babies who are not breast fed have a 32 percent greater chance of becoming obese children.

There are so many benefits to breast feeding that 70 percent of Colorado Hospitals no longer give away gift bags to new moms that include infant formula, and some hospitals keep their formula locked up.

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