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Who: Which infants are most likely to be breastfed?

 
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Age and race/ethnicity are the person characteristics included in PedNSS. The PedNSS Table 9C; Breastfeeding, TV Viewing, and Smoking in Household by Race/Ethnicity or Age allows us to analyze breastfeeding prevalences by race and ethnicity.


Sample: PedNSS Table 9C, Breastfeeding, TV Viewing, and Smoking in Household by Race/Ethnicity or Age

table showing breastfeeding indicators by race/ethnicity

1 The percentage of infants ever breastfed is 48.4% for all racial and ethnic groups and below the target of 75%. The lowest prevalence (30.8%) is observed among black infants while the highest (62.7%) is noted among Hispanic infants.
2 The percent of infants breastfed at least 6 and 12 months was highest among Hispanic infants 29.0% and 22.8% and lowest among black infants 10% and 8.3%, respectively.

This graph, derived from Table 9C, shows the highest prevalence of ever breastfeeding and breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months is for Hispanic infants and the lowest prevalence is among black infants. It also shows that the prevalence of ever breastfed is much higher than at 6 and 12 months.

Percentage of infants ever breastfed, and breastfed at 6 and 12 months
by race and ethnicity
Percentage of infants ever breastfed, and breastfed at 6 and 12 months

Year 2010 targets: increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their babies a) in the early postpartum period to 75%, b) at 6 months to 50%, and c) at 1 year to 25%.


Who? Which infants are most or least likely to be breastfed?

Hispanic infants are more likely to be ever breastfed and be breastfed at 6 and 12 months. Black infants are the least likely to be ever breastfed and breastfed at least 6 and 12 months. However, all race/ethnic groups have breastfeeding prevalences below the Healthy People 2010 targets of 75, 50, and 25 percent.

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This page last updated November 04, 2009

United States Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity