Thursday, August 16, 2012

U.S. Breastfeeding Rates on the Rise according to 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card

National Breastfeeding Month August 2012
There are many ways that states support mothers and babies to breastfeed, and everyone plays a role. The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card brings together state-by-state information to help tell the story of breastfeeding practices in states. It compiles many types of data so states can monitor progress, celebrate state successes, and identify opportunities to work with health professionals, employers, business owners, community partners and family members to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. 
Breastfeeding rates on the rise
Breastfeeding rates continue to rise, with increases of about 2 percentage points in breastfeeding initiation, and breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months. Breastfeeding initiation increased from 74.6% in 2008 to 76.9% in 2009 births. This improvement in initiation represents the largest annual increase over the previous decade. Breastfeeding at 6 months increased from 44.3% to 47.2%; breastfeeding at 12 months increased from 23.8% to 25.5%.
To read entire report card and see how Utah compares, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2012BreastfeedingReportCard.pdf

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