More children are being born at hospitals that help mothers start breastfeeding, as well as teaching them the health benefits.
The trend is national, but Kansas is ahead of the curve. Forty percent of babies here are born in hospitals recognized for their efforts to support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding protects against diseases, so the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends it for the first six months of life.
For the second six months, it recommends continuing that while introducing babies to other foods.
The Centers for Disease Control says less than 60 percent of babies are still breastfed at six months — both nationally and in Kansas.
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