Survey Finds Variations in Breastfeeding Rates
In a CDC telephonic survey, it has been found that breastfeeding rates are different for different races and customs. It has also been revealed that even geography plays a vital role in deciding the rate of breastfeeding mothers. This survey was conducted including the children born between 2003 and 2006.
It was found that nationally 74.3% white, 54.4% of African-American and 80.4% of Hispanic mothers breastfeed their infants but this figure can vary accordingly. The Southeast residing African-American mothers were at the least rate of breastfeeding.
The researchers who conducted the survey also disclosed that in 13 states in Southeast, African-American mothers have a 20% lower rate of initiating breastfeeding than white mothers.
It has also been reported that in six states i. e., Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina and Mississippi, the popularity of commencing breastfeeding among African-American mothers was found to be 45%.
In Western states, have been crowned with having highest number of Hispanic mothers having opted for breastfeed than white mothers while in Eastern states, white mothers have a higher rate of taking up breastfeeding, concluded the survey.
On the whole, the survey shows that overall national estimates for breastfeeding for infants of six months to one year were 73.4%, 41.7%, and 21% for African-American mothers, white mothers and Hispanic mothers respectively.
source : topnews
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