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HHS HealthBeat (May 20, 2013)

It’s Only Natural

HHS HealthBeat: An infant breastfeeds.

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It’s only natural

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

African-American moms are less likely to breastfeed than moms from other ethnic groups. The It’s Only Natural campaign encourages new African-American moms to breastfeed and supports them with tips and resources to help.

Dr. Nancy Lee is the director of the HHS Office on Women’s Health.

“Pediatricians recommend that moms continue breastfeeding for at least one year, and that families wait until their babies are six months old to start giving solid foods.”

Babies who are breastfed have fewer ear infections and fewer respiratory infections. And breastfeeding helps moms lose weight.

“Other benefits include reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancer and depression after she’s had the baby. And it saves money and it’s very convenient.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: May 19, 2013