CDC: Utah leads US for breast-feeding, 9 of 10 try

Sep 13, 2010

(AP) -- A new government report says Utah leads the nation in breast-feeding with 9 in 10 Utah mothers trying it and about 6 in 10 sticking with it for at least six months.

Overall, about three out of four babies in the U.S. get at least some breast-feeding, but only a fraction continue as long as six or 12 months. The say those findings are similar to previous CDC studies.

Western states tended to have the highest rates. Mississippi ranks lowest, with only about half of that state's mothers attempting breast-feeding.

The CDC report released Monday is based on phone interviews in 2007 of caregivers of toddlers.

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More information: CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm

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gwrede
not rated yet Sep 13, 2010
Coming from Europe, I am absolutely appalled by these figures. My three children got 6 months of breast-feeding, and that was considered only average.

To understand how aberrant I feel the US figures, imagine conceiving your own children in your marriage by artificial insemination (i.e. using a special dildo) with your own sperm, instead of making love.

What are these women?? Are they scared of losing their pretty breasts? Or are they so hapless that they can't even cook an egg without buying a dedicated appliance for it? Or too clumsy to stuff the nipple into the kid's mouth? Maybe breast-feeding makes mother or baby obese?

Or maybe it's simply that you shouldn't smoke and drink while breast-feeding? Now I'm starting to disapprove.