CDC: Most new moms stop breastfeeding too soon

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for about the first six months of life.

Tim McLaughlin
August 22, 2018 - 10:57 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A CDC study finds that most new mothers in the United States breastfeed, but many stop sooner than recommended.

Of the nearly 4 million babies born in 2015, about 83 percent started out breastfeeding, but fewer than 25 percent were exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for about the first six months of life.

The report says hospitals and care providers can support breastfeeding by helping new mothers identify covered benefits, such as breast pumps and access to lactation consultants, to help them when they return to home, school or work, according to the CDC.