- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in the Mississippi Delta say rural mothers whose premature babies are in intensive care will be able to get their breast milk delivered to their babies, thanks to a $1.9 million, three-year grant.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing the money to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, based in Hernando for a program called “Right! From the Start.”

Program director Sannie Snell tells The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1XH1VaM ) that research has found that babies fed breast milk are less likely to get infections, and breast-fed preemies are generally healthier.

Snell says they hope to deliver breast milk two or three times a week from Bolivar, Coahoma, Leflore, Sunflower and Washington counties to the neonatal ICU at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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