November 15th, 2012

Md. health officials issue set of recommendations for breastfeeding newborns

By Associated Press
The Washington Post

Maryland health officials are encouraging mothers to breast-feed their newborn babies.

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued recommendations Tuesday intended to get more mothers breast-feeding in the hours after they give birth.

Health officials cite the health benefits associated with breast milk.

The recommendations, which are voluntary, also suggest that hospitals stop giving out free formula from manufacturers, create a written breast-feeding policy, and that breast milk be the only food given to newborns.

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