Study: How Long Do Moms Exclusively Breastfeed?

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Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed survey results from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II, published in Pediatrics, and found that 85 percent of the 1,457 women who prenatally intended to exclusively breastfeed planned to do so for three months or more. However, only 32.4 percent breastfed for as long as they had originally planned.

Married mothers and mothers who had other children were more likely to achieve their exclusive breastfeeding goal.

The authors found that “baby-friendly” hospital practices, particularly those that encourage giving babies only breast milk in the hospital, may help more mothers achieve their exclusive breastfeeding goals.

For more information, visit pediatrics.aappublications.org and search for Infant Feeding Practices Study II.

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