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HHS HealthBeat (March 29, 2013)

More moms breastfeeding


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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more mothers are breastfeeding. The CDC found an increase of more than 4 percentage points from 2000 to 2008 in mothers who started breastfeeding. And the proportion still breastfeeding at six months rose almost 10 percentage points, to about 45 percent.

Besides the right nutrition, breast milk can have antibodies that can help a baby fight disease. And breastfeeding mothers may have a lower risk of diseases such as diabetes.

So, says CDC Director Thomas Frieden:

“Breastfeeding has many benefits for both the mother and the infant. The fact that hundreds of thousands of more infants are breastfeeding is good news for the next generation.”

The analysis is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 29, 2013