4 Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom

Sure, breast is best for babies, but their moms also reap health benefits.

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Getting more women to nurse beyond that first month or two remains a challenge. One thing that may help: the new health reform law requires large employers to provide work breaks and a designated area for employees to pump their milk. But ethnic and economic obstacles also must be surmounted. Just 54 percent of African-American mothers attempt to breast-feed compared to 74 percent of white mothers and 80 percent of Hispanic mothers, according to a recent CDC survey. And women living below the poverty line are far less likely to breast-feed than their richer counterparts, probably because they don't get the support they need to both nurse and provide for their families.

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