Breastfeeding Report Card — United States, 2011
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    Improving the health of mothers and their children is a primary goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding, with its many known benefits for infants, children, and mothers, are key strategies to accomplish this goal.

    There are many ways that communities can support mothers and babies that breastfeed, and everyone plays a role. The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card brings together state-by-state information to help tell the story of breastfeeding practices and supports in states. It compiles many types of data so that public health practitioners in states can monitor progress, celebrate successes, and identify opportunities to inform and work with health professionals, employers, business owners, and community members.

    The Breastfeeding Report Card, now in its 5th year, provides perspectives on state and national trends in breastfeeding data. Since the release of the first Report Card in 2007, there have been steady improvements in several indicators, especially in 3 month and 6 month exclusive breastfeeding rates, which increased more than 5 and 4 percentage points, respectively. Changes in state and national rates are not attributable to any one factor. A woman’s ability to reach her breastfeeding goals is affected by a host of factors including support from her family, community, employer and health system.

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