Most U.S. babies are now breast-fed - KMSP-TV

Most U.S. babies are now breast-fed

Updated: July 31, 2013 03:04 PM
© iStockphoto / Thinkstock © iStockphoto / Thinkstock
  • HealthMore>>

  • Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

    Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

    Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.
    Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.
  • Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...
    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...
  • A little wine might help kidneys stay healthy

    A little wine might help kidneys stay healthy

    An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.
    An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.

WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American babies who are breast-fed continues to rise, according to a new U.S. government report.

Between 2000 and 2010, the number of babies who were breast-feeding at six months rose from 35 percent to 49 percent and the number of babies still breast-feeding at the age of one year rose from 16 percent to 27 percent.

Overall, the number of babies who started out life being breast-fed rose from 71 percent to 77 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The period right after a baby is born is a critical time for establishing breast-feeding," Janet Collins, director of CDC's division of nutrition, physical activity and obesity, said in an agency news release.

The findings are "great news for the health of our nation because babies who are breast-fed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breast-feed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers," added CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden.

Keeping mothers and newborns together during their hospital stay is an important factor in breast-feeding, the agency noted. The report found that the number of hospitals where babies were able to stay with their mothers at least 23 hours a day increased from 30 percent in 2007 to 37 percent in 2011.

During that time period, the number of hospitals where most newborns were skin-to-skin with their mothers after birth rose from 41 percent to more than 54 percent.

"Rooming in and skin-to-skin contact help ensure that mothers and babies stay together and are able to start and continue breast-feeding. These are meaningful steps hospitals can take to support mothers and families, and help improve breast-feeding rates," Collins explained.

Also, Frieden pointed out, "breast-feeding lowers health care costs. Researchers have calculated that $2.2 billion in yearly medical costs could be saved if breast-feeding recommendations were met. It is critical that we continue working to improve hospital, community and workplace support for breast-feeding mothers and babies, and realize these cost savings."

One expert agreed that "rooming" policies are a big factor behind the upswing in breast-fed babies.

"Hospitals' efforts to keep the babies in the room with new mothers has been playing a dramatic role in this upswing, [and] the results lead to positive things for mother and baby," said Marlo Mittler, who works in pediatric and adolescent medicine at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

"Allowing mother and child to have skin-to-skin contact and early exposure to breast-feeding leads to a greater number of success with longer term breast-feeding," Mittler added. "Overall, the decision to breast-feed leads to a positive outcome for all involved."

More information

The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about breast-feeding.

Health News Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices