Breastfeeding Report Card

The Breastfeeding Report Card for 2010 has been released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Breastfeeding statistics have improved over the last year, specifically when it comes to the number of mothers who initiate Breastfeeding. There is still a long way to go, as the number of mothers who continue to breastfeed their babies for at least 3 to 6 months is still low. Only a handful of states have at least 50% of mothers breastfeeding their babies for 6 months or longer. Eight states have an alarming rate of lower than 30% of babies receiving breast milk at 6 months.

The most common reason for switching to formula is a lack of support. Check out the statistics for your state and see what you can do to help. A simple understanding ear may be all it takes for a new mom to continue to breastfeed.

Here is a sample of the statistics from the Breastfeeding Report Card (to view the entire document, visit http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/BreastfeedingReportCard2010.pdf)

State Ever  Breastfed Breastfeeding at 6 Mo. Breastfeeding at 12mo.
U.S. National 75% 43% 22.4%
Lowest Ranking States:
Louisiana 56.6% 20.2% 9.8%
Mississippi 52.5% 22.5% 8.0%
West Virginia 53% 25.9% 12.5%
Highest Ranking States:
Oregon 86.5% 62.2% 39.6%
Hawaii 87.5% 60.4% 33.1%
Washington 87.9% 59.9% 33.4%