Breastfeeding Success Rates Low — Only One-Third Of New Moms Succeed

Mon, June 4, 2012 5:37pm EDT by 1 Comment
Breastfeeding Success Rates

A new study says that out of 85 percent of new mothers who breastfeed, only a third of them actually succeed in doing so.

With plenty of new moms ‘fessing to the benefits of breastfeeding (we’re looking at you, Alanis Morissette) it comes to a surprise that while the majority of women hope to breastfeed, very few succeed in their goal.

According to a report from the Daily Mail the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention interviewed 1,500 pregnant women about how they planned to feed their newborn, then followed up each month for the next year.

The study revealed that 85 percent of new mothers intended to breastfeed for the first three months but many gave up, with only 15 percent of babies who are six-months-old still being nursed.

The study came from a “breast is best” campaign that’s pushing to ban hospitals from giving free baby formula to new mothers.

Breastfeeding is known to have a wide range of benefits from reducing obesity to boosting immunity, and doctors recommend that babies get breastfed until they are six-months old.

HollyMoms, did YOU breastfeed for the recommended six months?

[Daily Mail]

— Lorraine Chow

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