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Report Shows Delaware Ranks Low in Breastfeeding Rates

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DOVER, Del. - New information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card shows Delaware ranks low in breastfeeding rates compared to the US and other states on Delmarva.

The report shows 65.7 percent of Delaware mothers surveyed for the report ever breast-fed their babies.  The percentage puts Delaware in the bottom five nationally, with only Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia having lower rates.  California had the highest rate at 92.8 percent.

The CDC report shows 79.8 percent of mothers surveyed in Maryland ever breast-fed their babies.  In Virginia, the number is even higher, with 80.5 percent of moms saying they ever breast-feed. The national numbers show 79.2 percent of newborns started to breast-feed.

The number of mothers in Delaware breast-feeding their children up to one year of age was even lower - only 16.8 percent. In Maryland, 29.4 percent of mothers report breast-feeding up to one year.  That number is 27.4 percent in Virginia, according to the 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card released by the CDC. 
 

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