By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Though breastfeeding is not required in the U.S., experts agree it is the healthiest way to feed a newborn.  In 2012, Michael Bloomberg, who was mayor of New York City, introduced a controversial statewide provision requiring hospitals to "sign out" formula in the same way it dispenses medication, in a effort to encourage more women to breastfeed.

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Image: Breastfeeding newborn, via Shutterstock

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