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.
remain highest in Idaho and lowest in Mississippi. Experts attribute that to
regional differences in culture and workplace policies that support
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.