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Grant to fund 5-year program to boost breastfeeding in Monroe County

A state grant is giving the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) an opportunity to help more mothers breastfeed in Monroe County. (Photo: MGN Online)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A state grant is giving the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) an opportunity to help more mothers breastfeed in Monroe County.

The five-year initiative aims to make breastfeeding more normal in community settings, businesses and by giving healthcare providers support. It is being supported by a $970,000 grant from the New York State Department of Health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months after birth.

URMC is one of six organizations to receive funding from the state as part of a larger $5.8 million award. Grant recipients help to serve communities with higher than average rates of poverty and obesity, which are associated with lower rates of exclusive breastfeeding.

“We know that breastfeeding has proven health benefits for both mothers and babies, but it is evident that women are still facing barriers after they leave the hospital,” said Dr. Stephen Cook, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics at URMC, who, along with Ann Dozier, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, is leading the initiative.

You can learn more about this program here.

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