Health officials: More women should breast-feed their children
By TAMARIA L. LIDDELL
"LANCASTER -- More than half of Fairfield County's low-income new mothers are breast-feeding, but that's not enough, said local health officials. By 2010, state officials hope to increase the total number of all new mothers breast-feeding at birth to 75 percent. To meet this goal, a pilot two-year program will be launched in 11 counties, including Fairfield County. Breast-feeding Peer Helpers will educate mothers about the benefits of breast-feeding. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, breast milk is the best nutrition for infants and contains more than 200 infection-fighting agents that can't be replicated.... "