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American moms still face barriers to breastfeeding

American women, especially in the Southeast, lag behind other countries in breastfeeding rates. In a new video, Emory experts Maeve Howett and Laura Gaydos explain the health benefits of nursing for both baby and mom, along with some of the factors preventing women from choosing breastfeeding. Barriers — including lack of lactation support in the workplace and poor access to breastfeeding education — still face women, especially low-income and minority women.

Meanwhile, recently Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) was selected as one of 90 hospitals across the U.S., and one of seven in Georgia, to participate in a new national effort to improve breastfeeding rates in states where rates are currently the lowest.

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