Study Finds New Missouri Moms Breastfeed More Than Illinois

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – New Missouri moms are doing a bit better job of breastfeeding their newborn babies than Illinois moms.

A new Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report finds 81 percent of moms nationwide initially start breastfeeding their babies at birth. However, six months later that number has dropped to 51 percent.

In Missouri, 85 percent of moms start out breastfeeding compared to 81 percent in Illinois – which is the national average. By six months, 57 percent of Missouri moms and 53 percent of Illinois moms are still breastfeeding.

At the one year mark, that number drops to 37 percent in Missouri and 29 percent in Illinois.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and continue breastfeeding for one year.

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