As part of the CDC, the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity released the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card.
Beginning breastfeeding is at an all time high of 77% with an increase in skin-to-skin and rooming in playing key roles. Yet not everyone rooms in or has skin-to-skin policies at their hospital:
Top five states with the highest beginning breastfeeding rates include Washington (87.9%), New Hampshire (88.5%), Idaho (91.8%), Colorado (89.1%) and California (91.6%). Top five states with exclusive breastfeeding at six months include South Dakota (26.3%), Alaska (26.8%), California (27.4%), Idaho (27%) and Wyoming and New Hampshire tied at (24.9%).
States with the highest skin-to-skin were Maine (77.8%), California (79.6%), Oregon (77.4%), Vermont (90%) and Alaska (70%); rooming-in states were Alaska (95%), Washington (83.8%), California (72.6%), Idaho (70.4%) and New Mexico (69.2%).
We are improving but we still have a long way to go! With Breastfeeding Week within site, let's push for better education and support to mothers for breastfeeding!
View the entire Report Card here.