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Grady Hospital picked to help increase national breastfeeding rates

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Grady Memorial Hospital was selected to help in a national effort to improve breastfeeding rates in low performing states. 

Grady President and CEO John Haupert said, "Grady is proud to have been chosen to participate in this worthwhile effort and to have the opportunity to enhance our maternity care services to better support breastfeeding."

Ninety hospitals were chosen out of 235 applicants to support the initiative called Best Fed Beginnings.

While breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive health measures for moms and infants, half of US-born babies are given formula within the first week, and only 31 percent are breast fed by 9 months.

Breast feeding has several health benefits.

It decreases many infectious diseases, reduces infant mortality, and supports neurodevelopment. 

For mothers, it decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

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