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Nurses at forefront of baby-friendly hospital initiative

Promoting breast-feeding is imperative, says Suzanne Campbell, RN, PhD, WHNP-BC, IBCLC, associate dean of Academic Programs at Fairfield (Conn.) University School of Nursing and board member of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition Education Committee. “We can’t ignore this research anymore,” says Campbell, who worked as a woman’s health practitioner. According to BFHI, human milk provides babies with the most complete nutrition possible – an optimal mix of nutrients and antibodies necessary for babies to thrive. Scientific studies show that breast-fed children have fewer and less serious illnesses and are less at risk for developing SIDS, childhood cancer and diabetes, than those who never receive breast milk.

Published in Nurse.com, a Gannett Company on 5/2/11

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