YubaNet.com
Wednesday, September 17 2014

            We Deliver News to the Sierra
News Fire News spacer Latest News spacer Regional News spacer California News spacer USA News spacer World News spacer Op-Ed spacer Enviro News spacer Sci Tech News spacer Life spacer Odd News spacer Cartoons spacer
Features The Calendar features features Weather features Sierra NightSky features features features Road Conditions features Home spacer
Life
 

U.S. breastfeeding rates continue to rise

Keeping moms and babies together during the hospital stay is important to progress

    Google+    

By: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

July 31, 2013 - Breastfeeding rates have continued to rise over the past decade, according to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percent of babies breastfeeding at six months increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 49 percent in 2010. The percent of babies breastfeeding at 12 months also increased from 16 percent to 27 percent during that same time period. The data show that babies who started breastfeeding increased from 71 percent in 2000 to 77 percent in 2010.

"This is great news for the health of our nation because babies who are breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers," said CDC Director, Tom Frieden, M.D. M.P.H. "Also, breastfeeding lowers health care costs. Researchers have calculated that $2.2 billion in yearly medical costs could be saved if breastfeeding recommendations were met. It is critical that we continue working to improve hospital, community and workplace support for breastfeeding mothers and babies and realize these cost savings."

Hospitals are an important setting for supporting breastfeeding mothers and babies. The CDC reports that the percent of hospitals implementing key maternity practices that keep mothers and babies together after birth have also increased. The percent of hospitals reporting newborn babies that ‘room in' with their mother at least 23 hours per day increased from about 30 percent in 2007 to 37 percent in 2011. The percent of hospitals where most newborns were skin-to-skin with their mother after birth climbed from about 41 percent in 2007 to over 54 percent in 2011.

"The period right after a baby is born is a critical time for establishing breastfeeding," said Janet L. Collins, Ph.D., director of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. "Rooming in and skin-to-skin contact help ensure that mothers and babies stay together and are able to start and continue breastfeeding. These are meaningful steps hospitals can take to support mothers and families and help improve breastfeeding rates."

For more information about CDC's effort to improve hospital practices to support breastfeeding, visit www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding. The 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card is available at http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm.

 

Help us bring you more news. Be a real reader: Support YubaNet

By submitting a comment you consent to our rules. You must use your real first and last name, not a nickname or alias. A comment here is just like a letter to the editor or a post on Facebook. Thank you.

 

Latest Headlines

Life

Clownfish That Inspired Finding Nemo Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection

The Disappearing Spoon author Sam Kean takes on the megalodon myth

The HPV vaccine could save the life of your child

Survival Entertainment, Friend or Foe? An exclusive interview with Cody Lundin

Ninety-Four Years Ago Today Women Won the Right to Vote; Newly Discovered Letters Will Help Show How

Consumer Federation of America: Insurance Companies May be Raising Your Rates for No Reason

World Dog Day: Keep your dog healthy in mind and body

Humans Need Not Apply (Video)

New Book, "Capitalism v. Democracy' Exposes the Death of Campaign Finance Reform -- Blame It on the Supreme Court

This Labor Day, Americans Urged to Save Wildlife, Keep Meat Off the Grill


More

 

 

 

 

NEWS . Fire News . Latest . Regional . California . USA . World . Op-Ed . Enviro . Sci/Tech . Life . Odd News . Cartoons
FEATURES . The Calendar .Weather . Sierra NightSky . Horoscope . Road Conditions
YubaNet.com . Advertising. About Us . Support YubaNet . Contact Us . Terms of Use . Privacy

YubaNet.com © 1999-2014
Nevada City, California (530) 478-9600