Wednesday, July 09, 2014

CDC Releases US Breastfeeding Report Card

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.

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