October 2018 International Journal of Childbirth Education Now Available

Breastfeeding is the Gold Standard

by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD MSN RN IBCLC AHN-BC CHT

According to the latest U.S. data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2018) most infants receive some breastmilk, but most are not exclusively breastfed or are not breastfed for as long as the mother desires. There continues to be a considerable variation between states or regions in the U.S. with the far northeast and northwest sections having the highest rates of infants breastfed at 6 months, and the southeast U.S. with the lowest rates. Disparities exist between socioeconomic levels, and between non-Hispanic black women and non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women. The most common reasons to stop breastfeeding early are issues with lactation / latching, concerns about nutrition, medications, unsupportive work environment, cultural or family norms, and unsupportive hospitals.

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