Texas Breastfeeding Rates Are Rising In All Catagories

on Aug 04, 2012 in National News, News

Rates of Breastfeeding High in Texas

Hospital support important strategy toward further improvement


In Texas, 80.3 percent of mothers started breastfeeding, according to the 2012 Breastfeeding Report Card, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas’s number is above the national average of 76.9 percent. The report also found that in Texas 50.7 percent of mothers are still breastfeeding at 6 months and 25.6 are still breastfeeding at 12 months.  

CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card includes both national and state-specific data about individual behaviors related to breastfeeding, as well as data on support in hospitals and communities, which can either help or hinder mothers’ efforts to meet their breastfeeding goals.

The report found that hospital support for breastfeeding has improved throughout the country. Since 2009 every state and the District of Columbia has either maintained or increased their score on CDC’s Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care survey, which measures the degree to which practices in U.S. hospitals support breastfeeding. Texas’s score increased to 66 percent. Also, the report found that in Texas 4.66 percent of births occur in Baby-Friendly hospitals, those hospitals that have made special effort to support breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding support is an important strategy toward improving the health of Texas mothers and their children,” said Julie Stagg, State Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Texas Department of State Health Services. “We must continue to focus on providing better support in our hospitals and communities, and this will, in turn, help improve Texas’s breastfeeding rates.”

“National rates of breastfeeding continue to rise, and state-to-state rates vary greatly,” said Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Ph.D., chief of the nutrition branch in CDC′s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. “We must continue to focus on hospital support to improve these rates at the state level. Consistently measuring hospital practices and working to increase the number of births at Baby-Friendly facilities are ways to do this.” 

The full CDC report is available at www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm. For more information about CDC′s breastfeeding rates and efforts to improve hospital practices to support breastfeeding, visit www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding.

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