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The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many rea-sons, including:
The joyful bonding with your baby
The perfect nutrition only you can provide
The cost savings
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In fact, breast milk has disease-ghting antibodies
Keep in mind that breastfeeding is a learned skill.
You are special because you can make the food
that is unique-ly perfect for your baby.
The U.S. Department o Health and Human Services’ Oce on Women’sHealth (OWH) is raising awareness o the importance o breasteeding tohelp mothers give their babies the best start possible in lie. In addition tothis guide, OWH oers online content at
and provides the National Breasteeding Helpline at 800-994-9662.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breasteeding
putsorth steps that amily members, communities, clinicians, health care systems,and employers can take to make breasteeding an easy choice or mothers.
OWH also partners withthe Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and ChildHealth Bureau to educate employers about the needs o breasteedingmothers via
The Business Case or Breasteeding.
The Aordable Care Act (health care reorm) helps pregnant women andbreasteeding mothers get the medical care and support they and theirchildren need. Learn more at