Breast-feeding guidelines tweaked for sake of women who don't

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

If the government's new guidelines for breast-feeding mothers seem familiar, they should.

They're exactly the same as the 2008 version, with the exception of one word.

Eight years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended physicians "promote and support" nursing among their patients.

But this year, the panel of experts is solely focusing on "support," deleting the word promote.

One of the authors says the change is meant to relieve pressure on women who can't breast-feed or make an informed choice not to do so.

The task force says even with the update, they still strongly believe breast-feeding is best, if possible.