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UNICEF PANEL JOINS EFFORT FOR BREAST-FEEDING IN U.S.

The U.S. Committee for UNICEF said Tuesday that it was joining a campaign to increase breast-feeding in the United States because millions of infants "are not receiving the best possible nutrition in the immediate, crucial hours following birth."

The announcement came with the release of an annual U.N.-sponsored report reiterating accusations that baby formula companies try to undermine breast-feeding in other parts of the world.

But in the United States, the committee said, the problem is that many women who want to breast-feed do not get the information and support they need when they have babies.

About 800 of 3,000 American hospitals have indicated interest in obtaining the designation "baby-friendly," meaning that they actively promote breast-feeding, but only about 50 are actually working toward that goal, the report said.

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