Breastfeeding Initiation Rates by County or County Equivalent in Virginia

US Birth Certificate Breastfeeding Initiation Data, 2018–2019

Map of Virginia with counties categorized by breastfeeding initiation rate quintiles.


Breastfeeding Initiation Rates by Location, 2018–20192,3,4

1Quintiles are calculated from county or county equivalents rates for 48 states and the District of Columbia.

2US birth certificate data from 2018–2019 National Vital Statistics System are used to determine the percentage of live infants who initiated breastfeeding, defined as receiving any breast milk or colostrum during the period between delivery and discharge from the birth facility or completion of the birth certificate for home births. More information is available.

3Data are not shown for counties or county equivalents if the total number of infants or the number of infants initiating breastfeeding is less than 10. The exact breastfeeding rate is not displayed if it is ≥90.0% and the total number of infants is less than 50 in a county.

4US birth certificate data from Bedford City (Federal Information Processing Standard code 51515) are included in data from Bedford County (Federal Information Processing Standard code 51019), according to Census Bureau guidance on substantial changes to counties or county equivalents.

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