Doctors at UVa Being Trained to Encourage Breastfeeding

February 28, 2013

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is working to get more moms to breastfeed their newborns.

They are launching a new program, training doctors and nurses to encourage breastfeeding for new moms.

The program offers courses on breastfeeding, and help doctors make plans to increase the rate of nursing moms.

Experts say, breastfeeding is good for the baby and the mother.

"It helps the baby, in terms of building immunity, helping their gastrointestinal system mature, helping them digest well and grow," said Jann Balmer with UVa. School of Medicine. "And it prevents obesity, they found that it breastfeeding prevents obesity."

An added bonus, moms who nurse also have an easier time losing the baby weight, and avoiding obesity after pregnancy.

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