New Advice for Breastfeeding Mothers

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By Molly Clifton

Newborns who are fed small amounts of formula to gain weight may receive another benefit.

A new study at UC San Francisco shows limited amounts of formula during the first few days of life can actually increase the length of time mothers end up breast-feeding.

Doctors say supplementing with formula can alleviate stress mothers feel about producing breast milk.

However, there needs to be a clear end point to stop the formula.

The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that healthy mothers breast feed exclusively for the first six months for maximum health benefits.
 



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