More Mothers Are Breast­feed­ing

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Across all groups, the per­cent­age of mothers who start and con­tinue breast­feed­ing is ris­ing, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased in Fe­bru­ary 2013 by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC). From 2000 to 2008, mothers who started breast­feed­ing in­creased more than 4 per­cent­age points. Dur­ing that same time, the num­ber of mothers still breast­feed­ing at six months jumped nearly 10 per­cent­age points, from 35 per­cent in 2000 to nearly 45 per­cent in 2008. In ad­di­tion to in­creases among all groups, gaps in breast­feed­ing rates be­tween African Amer­i­can and white mothers are nar­row­ing. The gap nar­rowed from 24 per­cent­age points in 2000 to 16 per­cent­age points in 2008. “Breast­feed­ing is good for the mother and for the in­fant – and the strik­ing news here is, hun­dreds of thou­sands more ba­bies are be­ing breast­fed than in past years, and this in­crease has been seen across most racial and eth­nic groups,” said CDC Di­rec­tor Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “De­spite th­ese in­creases, many

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