More Mothers Breastfeeding, CDC Says

More Mothers Breastfeeding, CDC Says

February 8, 2013 Updated Feb 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM CST

(CDC news release) Across all groups, the percentage of mothers who start and continue breastfeeding is rising, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to a news release:

From 2000 to 2008, mothers who started breastfeeding increased more than 4 percentage points. During that same time, the number of mothers still breastfeeding at six months jumped nearly 10 percentage points, from 35 percent in 2000 to nearly 45 percent in 2008.

In addition to increases among all groups, gaps in breastfeeding rates between African American and white mothers are narrowing.  The gap narrowed from 24 percentage points in 2000 to 16 percentage points in 2008.

“Breastfeeding is good for the mother and for the infant – and the striking news here is, hundreds of thousands more babies are being breastfed than in past years, and this increase has been seen across most racial and ethnic groups,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “Despite these increases, many mothers who want to breastfeed are still not getting the support they need from hospitals, doctors, or employers. We must redouble our efforts to support mothers who want to breastfeed.”

Read the entire CDC news release HERE.

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