CDC’s “Breastfeeding Report Card” ranks Florida 29th among states

CDC’s “Breastfeeding Report Card” ranks Florida 29th among states

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The rate of mothers breastfeeding their infants in Florida matches the national average; however, many Florida moms are giving it up too soon. That was the local thrust of a new report discussed in this story on the Sarasota Patch news site.

The Centers for Disease Control’s annual survey of breastfeeding rates in each state was released in August, which is National Breastfeeding Month. In Florida, 81.1% of mothers breastfeed at least once, which puts the state in 29th place nationally. According to the CDC, the study provides national- and state-level data to help public health practitioners, health professionals, community members, childcare providers, and family members work together to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

Of new Florida mothers surveyed, 47.3% percent are breastfeeding at six months (18.4% are breastfeeding exclusively) and 24.6% are breastfeeding at 12 months. The state has made significant progress since 2007, when the number of moms breastfeeding exclusively at six months was at 9%.

When formula or other food enters an infant’s diet too soon, growth and development can be impacted. In addition, breastfeeding can prevent illness, asthma, and other health problems. The CDC notes that new mothers need support from their families, workplaces, and the community to encourage continued nursing.

To view the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card, click here.

To read more about our region’s overall health, go here