Rockland Health Department touts the benefits of breast feeding

A program in Rockland to trying to get more new moms to breast feed.

Experts say the benefits to babies include a reduction in respiratory and ear infections, diarrhea and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Officials from the Rockland Health Department say it can also help moms reduce their risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They add it helps mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight much faster because they burn over 500 calories just making milk.

The county's program provides lactation professionals to support new moms and assist nursing mothers who are returning to work from maternity leave.

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