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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for baby's first six months. That's because mother's milk is the best thing for your baby, and it's good for mothers as well. Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, nutrients and antibodies for healthy babies. Breast-fed children tend to get sick less often and have fewer allergies, diabetes, ear infections, asthma, eczema or other problems. Read the full article at the Asheville Citizen-Times.  

It’s World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – for Life!” So what does that really mean? All of us, especially mothers, have busy lives. Each day flies by so quickly, there’s barely time to worry about your own health, let alone the well-being of a small, virtually helpless being.  Read the full story at The Biltmore Beacon.    

April 28, 2014 - One in three pregnant women nationally delivers by caesarean section.  Now, one local hospital has found a way to make the procedure less stressful and more like natural delivery.  Read more

In case you missed the radio program that aired this past weekend, you can learn more about the cause and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder with Amy Hendricks, Project Director for N.C. Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program based at Mission Hospital and Sally Bennett, Mission Hospital’s FASD Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator and host Gregg Jensen here.

Mission Hospital ushered in Asheville’s first baby of 2014. Brooke and Shawn Spruce welcomed daughter, Celeste Spruce, into the world at 1:12 am on January 1, 2014. Celeste was born premature but her mother says she is "doing fabulously".  Read more.

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