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South Dakota recognizes World Breast Feeding Week

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South Dakota is joining the rest of the world Wednesday in observance of the 20th Annual World Breast-feeding Week.

World Breast-feeding Week runs from August 1-7. According to the South Dakota Department of Health, the annual observance commemorates the August 1990 Innocenti Declaration made by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. The commemoration works to protect, promote and support breast-feeding around the world.

According to a news release from the Department of Health, benefits of breast-feeding for infants include reduced risk of diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, asthma, allergies, ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome, obesity and Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The Department of Health said the longer a child is breast-fed exclusively, the greater the benefits. 

South Dakota's Department of Health said the state has not met any of the Healthy People 2020 goals related to breast-feeding. The Health 2020 initiative is focused on improving the health of infants and children. The goals include increased initiation, exclusivity and duration of breast-feeding.

To learn more about breast-feeding, contact a local community health services office listed at http://doh.sd.gov/LocalOffices or visit www.bestfeeding.org.

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