Breastfeeding rates continue to rise in the United States. In 2011, 79% of newborn infants started to breastfeed. Yet breastfeeding did not continue for as long as recommended. Of infants born in 2011, 49% were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27% at 12 months. Professional lactation support can help mothers initiate and continue breastfeeding. The Report Card has been used to track the number of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) per 1,000 live births since 2006. This year’s Report Card also includes the number of Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) per 1,000 live births.
Breastfeeding, with its many known health benefits for infants, children, and mothers, is a key strategy to accomplish this goal. There are many ways that communities can support breastfeeding mothers and babies, and everyone plays a role. The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card provides information on breastfeeding practices and supports in all states. Public health practitioners can use the Report Card to monitor progress, celebrate success, and identify opportunities to work with health professionals and community members.
Read entire report at 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card