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This report is written in collaboration with the Mississippi State Health Department’s Office of Preventative Health in order to assist them in their mission to increase breastfeeding rates in the state of Mississippi. The health department has received a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in order to increase breastfeeding rates in the state of Mississippi through the use of the Baby-Friendly Hospital model. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is an initiative created by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage hospitals to promote and become a supportive environment for breastfeeding.3 The Office of Preventative Health is using the framework created by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) to address Mississippi’s low breastfeeding rates. Through these efforts, they aim to increase not breastfeeding rates in Mississippi as well as works towards creating a more supportive breastfeeding culture within the state.

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