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Survey Reveals that a Quarter of Mothers Don't Breastfeed

survey_breastfeedDespite the strong recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics that mothers should breastfeed for the first six months and continue nursing for a year, a new report says that less than 75% of women breastfeed at all, and after a year, only 20% are still nursing their babies. The national survey is based on random telephone interviews with parents of children 19 to 35 months old.

The graph to the right, courtesy of the New York Times, reveals that breastfeeding trends varied greatly across different races and ethnicities. The findings also showed that a higher level of education increased likelihood that a mother would breastfeed.

How long did you breastfeed for? Do you believe that all mothers who are able should breastfeed?

Full story at the New York Times.

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