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Improving healthy food access for children is important work. But what about babies? We know that in so-called food deserts, health outcomes are impacted  when residents lack  easy access to the most healthful foods. In the same way, when babies miss out on their most healthful first food--breast milk--because a mother cannot access the resources and support to continue breastfeeding, it is our youngest, most vulnerable children who pay the price. In far too many communities, babies are born into "first food deserts"--areas with extremely limited or no support for mothers who choose to breastfeed. These areas correlate to poor infant health outcomes and higher infant mortality rates. This animated infographic explains. Learn how we can all transform first food deserts into First Food Friendly communities.

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