Editorial: Breast milk dispensary a healthy assist for parents and babies – Hartford Courant

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, most babies in the United States receive some breast milk after they are born.

But, also according to the CDC, while breastfeeding is the “best source of nutrition for most infants,” most of these babies are not exclusively being breastfed and they are not being breastfed for as long as recommended.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, continuing breastfeeding as foods are introduced, and that the breastfeeding stays in place a year or longer “as mutually desired by mother and infant.”

The AAP also notes that “medical contraindications” that prevent women from breastfeeding are rare. But not every woman chooses to breastfeed her baby, and there are certain health conditions for which it is not recommended.

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Now, for moms who intend to breastfeed but are struggling or not producing enough yet, there is a new avenue of help: Connecticut’s first outpatient breast milk dispensary.

That is a positive step for moms and babies.

The Glastonbury dispensary is scheduled to open this month, and it will provide donated, pasteurized human milk for about $4.20 an ounce.

It is a project by ProHealth Physicians’ Glastonbury Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and the breast milk

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