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Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers

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Affordable Care Act: Supporting breastfeeding mothers The ACA requires new private health insurance plans, including those available in the new health insurance marketplaces, to provide coverage for specified women’s preventive health services with no cost sharing (e.g., copayment, coinsurance, or deductible). Breastfeeding support, supplies and lactation counseling are one of these specified preventive services. I appreciate that it is covered under 'preventive services', because breastfeeding prevents disease! Why NOT breastfeed or use breastmilk banks? exerpt from National Confrence for State Legislators: Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act February 2014; material added June 30, 2014 The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a special...

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Health Awareness: Breastfeeding is challenging.

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Breastfeeding is challenging. Despite the many rewards and health benefits of breastfeeding, it can be challenging. For example: Being the sole source of nutrition for your infant is not always easy. Many nursing mothers have sore nipples, breast engorgement (very full breasts) when their “milk comes in”, and occasionally breast infections that require treatment with antibiotics. Some women have had breast surgery that can reduce the amount of human milk they produce. These women may have to feed their infants with formula in addition to the milk they produce. Breastfeeding can be stressful. For instance, a lack of support by...

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