Breastfeeding reduces risk of childhood obesity

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Starting your children on a healthy diet from the day they are born will help reduce the risk of childhood obesity.

The Mesa County Health Department's Women Infants Children Program encourages mothers to breastfeed their newborns up until they are six months old.

The program also educates families on proper nutrition to help curb the growing childhood obesity problem.

Andrew Hollandsworth uses the WIC Program and said, "They have been a large support a few days after [Kaleb] was born I was struggling and they made a special time to set aside for me and help me work with what I needed help with and they have given me several different pumps to help."

Officials say breastfeeding doesn't just benefit a baby's diet.. but can also help their immune systems and lower risk of infections and asthma.

Almost 3,000 Mesa County residents are assisted by this program and are learning new ways to maintain healthy lifestyles for their kids.