77% of US Moms Breast-Feed

Percentage highest in survey's history; rise greatest among African-Americans
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2008 7:07 PM CDT
77% of US Moms Breast-Feed
77% of new American moms breast-feed.   (Shutterstock)

About 77% of new mothers breast-feed, the highest percentage since the CDC began taking surveys 20 years ago. The agency cites public-awareness campaigns about its health benefits for the rise, noting that only 60% of mothers breast-fed in 1994, the AP reports. Changing cultural attitudes that accommodate the practice also might be responsible, a CDC spokesman said. "It looks like an all-time high."

Breast-feeding in African-American mothers rose to 65% from 36% in 1994, the largest increase of any ethnic group. "It is very impressive that when it comes to beginning to breast-feed, African-American women had the greatest progress," said former US Surgeon General David Satcher, noting that African-Americans have historically low breast-feeding rates. (Read more breast feeding stories.)

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