Breastfeeding is Not Encouraged in Most U.S. Hospitals

Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are very low compared to the rest of the world.

Even supermodels like Gisele Bundchen have been outspoken advocates for breastfeeding, risking the backlash of mothers everywhere.

The benefits to baby and mother are indisputable yet hospitals seem ill-equipped to advocate and support breastfeeding for new mothers.

U.S. hospitals are not doing enough to encourage mothers to breast-feed their newborns, raising the risk of childhood obesity, diabetes and other conditions, according to a federal study released on Tuesday.

Less than 4 percent of the country’s hospitals fully support breast-feeding, said a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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