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CDC Reports Increase in Breastfeeding

An estimated 75 percent of infants were breastfed in 2008, up from 70 percent in 2000, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The proportion of infants that continued breastfeeding after six months of age rose nearly 10 percentage points during the same period, to 44 percent, while the proportion of infants breastfed after 12 months old rose more than 7 percentage points to 23 percent. Breastfeeding among African Americans increased nearly 12 percentage points over the same period, but whites and Hispanics continued to have higher breastfeeding rates. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for at least 12 months as complementary foods are introduced, citing the health benefits for mothers and babies. About 90 hospitals are participating in a CDC-funded initiative to improve breastfeeding support in hospitals.