The Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) seeks to promote breastfeeding as the optimal way to feed infants eligible for the District’s Medicaid Program. Extensive research studies have documented many benefits of breastfeeding for both the nursing infant and mother. The US Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) specifically recommends coordinated interventions throughout pregnancy, birth, and infancy to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity.

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