ATLANTA (July 31, 2013)--Breast-feeding rates continue to inch up and now more than 3 in 4 mothers try to breast-feed their newborns, a report released Wednesday says.
Breast-feeding rates are still the highest in Idaho and lowest in Mississippi, which experts attribute to regional differences in culture and workplace policies that support breast-feeding.
Wednesday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 77 percent of moms tried breast-feeding in 2010.
A decade earlier it was 71 percent.
The percentage of women still breast-feeding a year later rose to 27 percent from 16 percent in 2000.
The report is the product of a national telephone survey of more than 8,000 parents and caretakers of small children.
Experts say breast milk contains antibodies that protect newborns from infections, and breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight.