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Health Insurance Reform Promotes Breast Feeding

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A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics has found that the nation could save up to $13 billion if 90% of mothers exclusively breast fed their babies for twelve months. It is thought to lower family health insurance costs, since breast-feeding has been associated with lower rates of stomach and ear infections, juvenile diabetes, asthma, and other common illnesses that often require treatment and hospitalization.

What does healthcare reform have to do with it? Many women resort to using formula due to work obligations. Hidden in the health insurance legislation is a requirement for large employers to offer a private room–not a bathroom–for women to pump breast milk.

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