Few hospitals follow all guidelines to promote breast-feeding

08/2/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

The CDC reported that fewer than 4% of maternity hospitals in the U.S. provide all the recommended services that guide new mothers to start and continue breast-feeding. According to the report, more than 80% of the hospitals supplemented breast-fed infants with formula even if it wasn't necessary. "Although there has been some improvement in hospital practices ... we're still a very long way away from where we want to be," CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said.

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