CDC reports more mothers breastfeeding

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Almost half of all babies born in the United States – 47.2% to be exact – are still breastfeeding at 6 months, and the rate at which mothers are initiating breastfeeding of their newborns has had its highest jump in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.”

Also, under the Affordable Care Act, “starting Wednesday, insurers will be required to reimburse for comprehensive lactation support and counseling for new mothers without co-payments, and to underwrite the rental of breast pumps and other lactation equipment that would allow mothers to express their milk.”

It “also requires employers to provide nursing women adequate break time and a private place other than a bathroom for expressing milk in the year following the birth.”

WebMD reports, “A new breastfeeding report card from the CDC shows that more new moms in the US are choosing to breastfeed their babies. Just shy of 77% of moms started breastfeeding in 2009, up from 74.6% in 2008.” And “women who were still breastfeeding at six months increased from 44.3% in 2008 to 47.2% in 2009.”

Still, “Researcher Captain Laurence Grummer-Strawn, PhD,” said, “We are not at all where we need to be,” adding, “We don’t expect to reach 100%, but certainly we want to be a lot higher than where we are now.”

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