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Breast-feeding rates largely depend on hospital where a woman gives birth

Last Updated Jul 2013

Image of San Jose Mercury News IconWhether a mother breast-feeds exclusively during the first two days of her baby's life largely depends on the hospital in which she gives birth.

A review by this newspaper of data from the California Department of Public Health's newborn-screening program shows that in some hospitals -- such as Kaiser Oakland -- more than 90 percent of new moms breast-feed without giving their infants any baby formula. In some California hospitals, however, that figure is less than 10 percent -- despite decades of evidence showing the benefits of feeding newborns only breast milk.

Read the entire article on MercuryNews.com.