Quick Stats on Breastfeeding in America

As part of World Breastfeeding Week 2014, we are sharing facts, photos, and other information about breastfeeding across the globe continent-by-continent.  To catch them all make sure to follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Day 1 is North America!  Here is some quick stats on the state of breastfeeding in the U.S, according to the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card for 2013:

In the U.S. as a whole,

      •     76.5% of babies are breastfed at least once

      •     49% of babies receive at least some breast milk at 6 months old

      •     27% of babies receive at least some breast milk at 12 months

     •     The number of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants  (IBCLCs) per 1,000 births is  3.35

In Colorado,

     •     89.1% of babies are ever breastfed

     •     56.5% of babies receive at least some breast milk at 6 months

     •     27.4% of babies receive at least some breast milk at 12 months

     •     The number of IBCLCs per 1,000 births is 4.12

The state with the highest percentage of ever breastfed babies is Idaho at 91.8%. Idaho is also the state with the highest percentage at 6 months of age with 74.5%.

The state with the highest percentage receiving at least some breast milk at 12 months old  is Oregon at 52.3%.

The state with the lowest percentage for all 3 categories is Mississippi at 50.5%, 19.7%, and 9.1% respectively.

Vermont has the highest number of IBCLCs per 1,000 births of all the states with 13.66 . The state with the lowest number of IBCLCs per 1,000 births is Nevada at 1.53.

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