By: Krystle Crossman
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OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Wu states that there are many women who do not have the luxury of being able to take an extended amount of time off of work and have to use formula. She says that they come to her in tears because they cannot [email protected] their baby or pump on breaks at work. Dr. Wu says that formula is not dangerous for a baby at all and is a lifesaver for women who cannot [email protected] Some babies are allergic to milk or dairy when they are born and cannot have [email protected] no matter what the mother tries. Some women do not have enough milk to keep their baby full. There are many factors that go into the [email protected] decision but Dr. Wu says that one of the biggest issues that women face is that they do not have enough support. More programs are needed for support and education for women who want to [email protected] but do not know where to start.