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Breastfeeding is a personal choice that has some known health benefits for the baby and mother; however, it can draw strong opinions from family, friends and the public. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – a special supplemental nutrition program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk – can help low-income women with breastfeeding education, nutritional needs and overall health.

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In Hamilton County, nearly one in five pregnancies is spaced less than one year apart. But the amount of time between a woman’'s pregnancies has a dramatic impact on infant vitality. A pregnancy conceived less than 12 months after a previous pregnancy is nearly twice as likely to result in preterm birth. A pregnancy conceived less than six months after a previous pregnancy is nearly three times as likely to result in an infant death.

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One in nine babies in the United States is born premature. That's according to 2012 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cincinnati Children's Hospital researchers think they may have found a way to help prevent pregnancy complications like stillbirth or prematurity.

In a somewhat counter-intuitive step, doctors theorize that blocking, or refocusing, a woman's immune cells could be the answer.

NOTE: This show originally aired May 6, 2014

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