Could Formula Help Breastfeeding?

May 13, 2013 9:48 AM

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Could Formula Help Breastfeeding?

Efforts to increase breastfeeding in the U.S. have focused heavily on curbing babies' exposure to infant formula in the hours and days after they are born. Several states have banned the inclusion of free formula samples in gift bags regularly given to mothers when they leave the hospital, and many institutions have put baby formula under lock and key.

But a provocative new study suggests feeding babies who experience significant weight loss after birth tiny servings of formula may improve breastfeeding rates in the long run.

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