Given the importance of breastfeeding - for both mom and baby - it’s always nice to hear public figures tout its benefits. At a talk with the Congressional Black Caucus today, First Lady Michelle Obama discussed how breastfeeding can also be used as a tool to fight childhood obesity. From a Los Angeles Times transcript:
And because it’s important to prevent obesity early, we’re also working to promote breastfeeding, especially in the black community... where 40 percent of our babies never get breast-fed at all, even in the first weeks of life, and we know that babies that are breast-fed are less likely to be obese as children.
She didn't give specifics on how breastfeeding is being promoted in various communities, but she did mention that the Department of Health and Human Services is funding the development of other innovative anti-obesity programs.
Previously: Major effort launched to prevent, treat childhood obesity; Nutrition expert praises First Lady's anti-obesity campaign; and Breastfeeding called a "secret weapon to save billions of dollars"
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