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Cortland County Breastfeeding Partnership Looks to Support Nursing Mothers, Promote Healthy Babies

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The Cortland County Health Department is partnering with the Cortland Regional Medical Center to promote breastfeeding and the healthy benefits associated with breastfeeding.

The Amercian Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend mothers breastfeed their babies for six months. Here in the U.S less 20% of new mothers reach the six-month mark and only 40% of women breastfeed for at least 3 months.

In effort to increase breastfeeding rates, local agencies including the hospital, health department, and the Cortland County Community Action Program have formed a breastfeeding partnerships to promote and educate on the benefits of breastfeeding.

Janice VanValkenburg with CAPCO says many moms start out nursing in the hospital but after they leave the hospital they are having trouble continuing the practice. Many moms say schedules s and the demands of life make it difficult to continue the practice.

Patty Thon with the county health department’s childhood early intervention says the county and the state are committed to increasing breastfeeding rates to foster healthier children and communities.

Studies have shown that breastfeeding boosts young immune systems and reduces the chance of stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis.

The partnership has resources available to help support nursing mothers and encourages the community support mothers in that effort.

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