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First Lady Melania Trump Visits Cuddling Program for Babies Born on Drugs

BOSTON—First lady Melania Trump visited a Boston hospital Wednesday that uses cuddling to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol.

The first lady met with caregivers and administrators at Boston Medical Center and told them shes “very focused” on their pioneering work with babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

“I hope todays visit helps shine a light on programs like yours,” she said.

The hospital developed the cuddling program to nurture babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The hospital also works with expectant mothers who misuse drugs or alcohol.

Proponents say cuddling helps lower stress in infants born to addicted women. It includes parental presence at the infants bedside, skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding.

Mrs. Trump, visiting as part of her “Be Best” initiative, said she hopes the focus on such programs will help encourage people struggling with addiction that there is a path forward.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar also attended the event. Azar said the Trump administration has put a speRead More – Source

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