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Healthier Me: Breastfeeding

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When it comes to new babies, doctors say breast is best, but it's not always easy for new moms to stick with it.


In Wednesday's Healthier Me, the Affordable Care Act is giving breastfeeding mothers and their children more support, both financially and emotionally.

There are many health benefits to breastfeeding, and health reform is making it easier for new moms to breastfeed as long as possible; under the Affordable Care Act, breast pumps and consultations about breast feeding are now covered by insurance.

It's a popular improvement in care for moms and new babies and something lactation consultants say is long overdue.

Fran Mosey, Sanford Health Lactation Consultant: "The longer you breastfeed, the better for moms and babies. Since 80% of moms work outside the home, finding support and getting a breast pump helps moms breastfeed for the long haul, and they get the most benefits.

Insurance companies are still working out the details and trying to align vendors and lactation services. If you have questions about what is covered, you should ask your insurance provider. There are lactation consultants at all major hospitals in the region.

The Affordable Care Act also requires businesses to have a place for employees to pump during work.



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