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Benefits of breast-feeding, its challenges and their solutions

Anna MroczekNurses specially trained in lactation are encouraging new mothers at Upstate's Family Birth Center to breast-feed their new babies. Anna Mroczek (left), a nurse who is an international board-certified lactation consultant, explains why breast-feeding is important to babies and mothers. She discusses what factors influence whether a mother will breast-feed and the most common challenges -- and their solutions. At Upstate, nurses are taking steps to prevent breast-feeding problems from the moment of birth, by placing the baby on the mother for immediate skin-to-skin contact. (Photo by Kathleen Paice Froio)