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More black mothers are breastfeeding their babies
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More African American women are breastfeeding their babies, according to a new CDC report.

Between 2000 and 2008, the percentage of African American mothers who had initiated breastfeeding rose from 47.4 percent to 58.9 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite those gains, black mothers were far less likely to breastfeed than their white and Latino counterparts, who in 2008 breastfed at rates of 75.2 percent and 80 percent, respectively.

Researchers said the lower rate of breastfeeding among black women suggests “unique barriers” and a need for more targeted breastfeeding support.

The finding were important because of the widespread evidence that breastfed babies are generally healthier than those who are not breastfed.

The data were gathered during random telephone surveys conducted quarterly in 50 states and the District of Columbia among households with children aged 19–35 months.

The researchers found that, despite a move toward more widespread breastfeeding, less than 30 percent of all infants were breastfed for one year, which is the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation.

To learn more about the report, visit the CDC website.

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