Friday, March 8 2013, 05:40 PM MST
More Mothers are Breastfeeding
(KUTV) A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the percentage of mothers who start and continue breastfeeding is on the rise. According to the report, from 2000 to 2008, mothers who started breastfeeding increased more than 4%. During that same time, the number of mothers still breastfeeding at six months jumped nearly 10%.
The CDC also says numbers show that more African American mothers are breastfeeding, but they still need more support. The CDC is currently funding a project that provides support to 89 hospitals, many serving minority and low-income populations.
Other findings in the report:
- From 2000 to 2008, breastfeeding at six and twelve months increased significantly among African American, white and Hispanic infants.
- While numbers are rising across all groups, all mothers need more support to continue breastfeeding since less than half of mothers are breastfeeding at six months (45 percent) and less than a quarter of mothers (23 percent) are breastfeeding at twelve months.
To see the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit: www.cdc.gov
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