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World Breastfeeding Week: August 1-7, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.104

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Breastfeeding Report Card, United States, 2020.


“Breastfeeding has many known health benefits for infants, children, and mothers and is a key strategy to improve public health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants are exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods for at least 1 year. CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card, 2020, provides data on breastfeeding practices and supports in all states, the District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. This year’s report highlights data from CDC’s 2018 national survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) that assesses practices and policies affecting newborn feeding, feeding education and support, staff skills, and discharge support.

Mother and baby

What Do the Numbers Tell Us?

“Evidence-based hospital practices are important for establishing breastfeeding. Individualized support in the first few hours and days is critical to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. Although most infants born in 2017 started breastfeeding (84.1%), only 58.3% of infants were breastfeeding at 6 months (Table 1). The percentage of breastfed infants supplemented with infant formula before 2 days of age was 19.2% among infants born in 2017, an increase from 16.9% among infants born in 2016. Comprehensive hospital practices and policies that support breastfeeding have been shown to reduce medically unnecessary formula supplementation, reduce disparities in breastfeeding, and help give infants the best start in life.”

Key Stats

Source: 2006-2017 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.   

More Stats

From Census.gov > Topics > Health:

Source: Vintage 2021 National Population Estimates.

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

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