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'Supporting breast-feeding in the community': Coos County reaches out to employers

According to Coos Health and Wellness, while the county has high rates of breastfeeding, that number drops after a few months. They suspect the decline happens when moms go back to work.

COOS BAY, Ore. - Public health officials recommend mothers breast-feed exclusively for the first six months of a child's life.

According to Coos Health and Wellness, while the county has high rates of breast-feeding, that number drops after a few months.

They suspect the decline happens when moms go back to work.

The agency currently has sent out a survey to local employers to assist nursing mothers.

"We thought, well, we have a great initiation rate, it decreases, how about we try to work with work sites to see if they would be interested in supporting breast-feeding in the community," said Forence Pourtal-Stevens with Coos Health and Wellness.

Pourtal-Stevens said responses to the survey will be used to put information together for a workshop that will be available to employers in the spring.

The effort is supported by a federal grant.

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