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Local moms rally in support of breastfeeding

Local moms rally in support of breastfeeding
Local moms rally in support of breastfeeding
Posted at 5:57 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-05 15:09:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Local moms gathered outside the Florida Capitol Sunday to rally in support of breastfeeding.

This follows U.S. opposition to a resolution on breastfeeding by delegates gathered at the World Health Assembly in July.

The resolution promotes mother's milk as the healthiest option for children. It aims to limit misleading marketing of formula and other substitutes.

Local moms' say they were expecting the resolution to be easily approved. They were surprised when American delegates pushed back.

"There's so much research out there that exclusively breastfeeding during the first six months of life just provides the perfect nutrition for babies," said Alicia Lane, a Tallahassee mom. "It gives them better gut health, gives them better immunity, and it just sets them up for so many benefits later in life." 

Lane says babies who are breastfed have lower rates of obesity and diabetes when they grow up. 

She wants to support other moms, now more than ever, during World Breastfeeding Week.