Number Of Moms Trying Breastfeeding Increases, But Many Give Up Too Soon

August 12, 2013

The number of mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies is on the rise, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control.

Katherine Wilson-Thompson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, says that is not an anomaly but that too many of those mothers are giving up too quickly.

“Most moms are initiating breastfeeding, but very frequently they start supplementing with artificial baby milk and tend to wean prematurely,” Wilson-Thompson said.

The CDC figures show 77 percent of new moms tried breastfeeding in 2010, but only 27 percent were still doing it a year later. In Arizona, 83 percent of new moms started, but only 25 percent were still breastfeeding after a year.

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