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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – More moms in the United States are breastfeeding their babies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the study released on Wednesday more than 3 in 4 mothers, almost 77 percent, tried to breastfeed their newborns from 2000 to 2010.

Doctors have often tout the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the baby.

So how does Missouri and Illinois compare to the national average?

Missouri and Illinois come in right about at the national average, 78 percent of Missouri moms say they’ve breastfed, 75 percent of Illinois moms.

But at six months, 49 percent of Illinois moms are still breastfeeding, while 39 percent of Missouri moms are.

After a year, those numbers in both Missouri and Illinois drop to about 21 percent.

According to the report, moms in Idaho have the highest average breastfeeding rate at 91.8% and Mississippi had the lowest rate at 50.5%

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