Breast Feeding Rates Increase

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.

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