Amazing! Record Numbers of New Moms Are Breastfeeding Baby: Are You?

Photo: Veer / The Bump
Photo: Veer / The Bump

Holy smokes, folks! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card, 77 percent of new mamas are breastfeeding their babies! The record-setting number is up from 71 percent, which was taken about 10 years ago.

The report also showed that at least half of breastfeeding moms are continuing to nurse their babies for at least six months. In the latest report, the CDC tracked breastfeeding trends from 2000 all the way through 2010 all across the country. Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, said, “This is great news for the health of our nation because babies who are breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breastfed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers.” Well, I’ll be!

In 2000, 35 percent of new moms were breastfeeding their children at six months, and 16 were still breastfeeding at a year old but in 2010, the report showed, 49 percent of moms were still breastfeeding their babies at six months old and 27 percent continued to do when their children were at least 1-year-old. In February of 2013, the CDC announced that the number of mothers who were still breastfeeding at six months had increased from 35 percent (noted in 2000) to nearly 45 percent (in 2008).

Frieden,  clearly elated by the record highs, also added, “Breastfeeding lowers health care costs. Researchers have calculated that $2.2 billion in yearly medical costs could be saved if breastfeeding recommendations were met. It is critical that we continue working to improve hospital, community and workplace support for breastfeeding mothers and babies and realize these cost savings.”

The report singled out Idaho as the state with the most breastfeeding moms, with about 91.8 percent of new mothers breastfeeding at some point. Included in the top five breastfeeding states were: California, Oregon, Colorado and New Hampshire. At the six-month marker, the states with the strongest numbers of breastfeeding mother’s were: Idaho, California, Oregon, Hawaii and Utah. At one year, Utah, Idaho, California, Hawaii and Vermont continued to hold top spots.

The state with the lowest rate of breastfeeding was Mississippi. The state only had 50.5 percent of new moms breastfeeding at any given point, with just 19.7 percent still breastfeeding at six months. At a year, only 9.1 percent of new moms continued to breastfeed.

The states with the lowest rate of breast-feeding was Mississippi, where only 50.5 percent of new mothers breast-fed at any point and time, just 19.7 percent were breast-feeding at six months, and barely 9.1 percent of moms made it to 1 year.

Did you try breastfeeding? Are you surprised how many moms are doing it?

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