Breast-milk shortage affects life’s most vulnerable babies

Mistelle Okada, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, poses for a photo on Feb. 9. There’s a nationwide shortage of breast milk and Okada helps coordinate local donations. John Roark/

After hearing a baby’s shrill cries following birth, the next natural thing for most moms is breast-feeding. It helps grow the bond between mother and child, and breast milk gives babies a boost of antibodies and white blood cells for the best start in life.

Murray, Otter disagree on Idaho’s health insurance move


BOISE — Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to retort that Washington state has sanctuary cities and recreational marijuana – also bucking federal rules.



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