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Breast-Feeding Rates Increasing in the U.S. — Physician’s First Watch

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August 1, 2014

Breast-Feeding Rates Increasing in the U.S.

By the Editors

Breast-feeding rates are continuing their steady climb in the U.S. — 79% of infants born in 2011 started to breast-feed, up from 75% in 2007, according to the CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card.

The rate of breast-feeding initiation ranged from 56.9% in Louisiana to 92.8% in California.

By 6 months, however, only 49% were breast-feeding (vs. 43% in 2007), and by 12 months, that figure dropped to 27% (vs. 22%) — rates that still fall short of the Healthy People 2020 objectives.

The number of lactation consultants and counselors has also continued to rise, but in 11 states, there is still limited access to such resources.

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DR. KEITH MARCUM FASCP Physician, Neurology, DR. MARCUM & ASSOCIATES

EXCELLENT ARTICLE! GREAT NEWS.

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