US Breastfeeding Rates Are Up! More Work Is Needed
- Among infants born during 2010–2013, 64.3% of NH black infants started breastfeeding, compared to 81.5% of NH white infants, a gap of 17.2 percentage points.
- NH black infants also had significantly lower rates than NH white infants of exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months and breastfeeding for 12 months.
- Returning earlier to work.
- Not receiving enough information about breastfeeding from providers.
- Lack of access to professional breastfeeding support.
- Get the latest data on breastfeeding rates from the National Immunization Survey (NIS).
- Learn how you can support breastfeeding.
- Use the Breastfeeding Report Cards or DNPAO’s Data Trends and Maps database to track state changes in breastfeeding and supports for breastfeeding over time.