2012 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card Shows Most Moms Want to Breastfeed but Lack Support

by , 08/07/12

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The 2012 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card features good and bad news for  babies all over the county. In good news, moms who initiate breastfeeding at all increased by 2 percentage points over last year’s scores, bringing the number of babies ever breastfed in the USA up to 76.9%. This improvement not only represents the largest ever annual increase over the last decade, but also shows that the USA is inching ever closer to the 2020 Healthy People goal of 81.9% breastfed babies. Other good news on this year’s report card shows that hospitals and birth centers have vastly improved when it comes to supporting breastfeeding. On a scale of 0–100, with a higher score indicating better breastfeeding practices, scores have increased from 65 to 70, from 2009 to 2011 respectfully. Keep reading to see if your state scored high on breastfeeding success and to see some improvements that still need to be made.

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The Good News: Some States are Supporting Breastfeeding

Health organizations recommended that ALL babies still be breastfed at six months. Healthy People 2020 has a goal of seeing 60.6% of all babies across the country still breastfeeding at six months. Right now the national average for six month old breastfed babies is just 47.2%, so as a country, we’re a ways off from that goal. However, some states have amazingly already met this goal, including Oregon (68.1%); Utah (64.4%); and Vermont (61.9%) – way to go states! The next ten states in line to meet this goal include the following:

  1. New Hampshire – 60.0%
  2. Idaho – 58.9%
  3. South Dakota – 57.1%
  4. Colorado – 56.9%
  5. Massachusetts – 56.8%
  6. California - 56.1%
  7. New Mexico – 54.7%
  8. Washington – 54.5%
  9. Alaska – 54.6%
  10. Minnesota – 53.8%

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