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CDC Says More Moms Breast-Feeding

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ATLANTA, Ga. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health says more new mothers are breast-feeding.

 A new report shows 3 in 4 mothers try to breast-feed their newborns.   

Breast-feeding rates remain highest in Idaho and lowest in Mississippi. Experts attribute that to regional differences in culture and workplace policies that support breast-feeding.

The report comes from a national telephone survey of more than 8,000 parents and caretakers of small children. It shows 77 percent of moms tried breast-feeding in 2010. A decade earlier it was 71 percent. The percentage of moms still breast-feeding a year later rose to 27 percent from 16 percent in 2000.

Experts say breast milk contains antibodies that protect newborns from infections, and breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight.