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New Breastfeeding Policy

Wednesday, 01 June 2005 00:00

Nursing moms advised to keep babies close. Nursing babies should sleep right next to their parents’ bed, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new breast-feeding policy out on February 7 that’s drawing applause and pointed criticism. The academy reiterated its policy of eight years that mothers should feed babies only breast milk for six months, unless there are special nutritional needs, and continue breast-feeding until the baby is at least age 1 or older, if desired. Mothers should keep babies close by so they can hear early signs of hunger—stirring and mouth-smacking—before the baby cries, says pediatrician Lawrence Gartner, the policy’s senior author. “It’s harder to get the baby to settle on the breast and start feeding if he’s already crying,” Gartner says. “If the crib is in another room or even across the room, she might not hear the movement.”

USA Today, February 7, 2005.

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