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10 percent increase

In the United States, the percentage of babies who start out breastfeeding increased from 73% in 2004 to 83% in 2015.

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In the United States, the percentage of births in hospitals with recommended maternity care practices that support breastfeeding increased from 1.9% in 2008 to 26.1% in 2018.

“Given the importance of breastfeeding on the health of mothers and children, it is critical that we take action to support breastfeeding. Only through the support of family, communities, clinicians, healthcare systems, and employers will we be able to make breastfeeding the easy choice.”

Dr. Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General

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For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding

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