When you're expecting a baby, there are a lot of things to consider, including breastfeeding. According to research, it's estimated that for every 1,000 babies not breastfed, there are an extra 2,033 physician visits, 212 days in the hospital and 609 prescriptions.
There's help with education and support available through the Florida Department of Health in Bay County WIC Program. Sandy McCroan, the department's senior health educator/breastfeeding coordinator, and Jennifer Elmore, a breastfeeding peer counselor, stopped by News 13 This Morning to talk about the benefits of breastfeeding, local support and new nationwide breastfeeding policies.
Among the new policies are ones through the Affordable Care Act that require employers to provide reasonable break times and a private space for nursing mothers on the job. Insurance companies can also provide breast pumps for women who qualify.
To find out more about the new policies and local breastfeeding education/support, call the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 850-872-4666 or visit their website at www.doh.state.fl.us/chd/bay.