The just released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card shows that breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are increasing. From 2000 to 2010, the number of babies who started breastfeeding increased from 71% to 77%. In fact, the report shows that among "infants born in 2010, 49% were breastfeeding at 6 months, up from 35% in 2000. The breastfeeding rate at 12 months increased from 16% to 27% during that same time period."
According to CDC Director, Tom Frieden, M.D. M.P.H,
“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 breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers. Also, 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.”
Hospitals play a crucial role in supporting breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The CDC report reveals that "the percent of hospitals reporting newborn babies that ‘room in’ with their mother at least 23 hours per day increased from about 30% in 2007 to 37% in 2011,” while skin-to-skin contact between mothers and babies following birth grew from 41% in 2007 to 54% in 2011.
“The period right after a baby is born is a critical time for establishing breastfeeding,” said Janet L. Collins, Ph.D., director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. “Rooming in and skin-to-skin contact help ensure that mothers and babies stay together and are able to start and continue breastfeeding. These are meaningful steps hospitals can take to support mothers and families and help improve breastfeeding rates.”
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