Who Breastfeeds? Breastfeeding rates by Race
Who is getting only human milk?
Only 10.7 babies are exclusively breasted in the US at least 3 months, and only 6.1 percent make the 6 months exclusive breastfeeding that is recommended by AAP. Is early supplementation a reason for early weaning and non-continuation of breastfeeding?
Why aren’t more moms breastfeeding?
According to the Journal of Human Lactation,
Again, I’m not indicating you have to breastfeed, but medical professionals who aren’t knowledgeable about breastfeeding definitely are a reason for increased cost to families and society. I know when my daughter was born a nurse (who wasn’t the one lactation consultant on staff at that hospital) basically told me right nipple was useless and it was inverted. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second kid that I found out it wasn’t inverted. I did nurse on that side, but I had assumed that whole time that my right boob had something wrong with it!!
Further, there are economic reasons TO breastfeed, thus those who are low/middle income would probably breastfeed more.. but that is not the case. In fact Ww know that families who have WIC tend to breastfeed less, but that number is slowly changing as more local WIC offices are employing breastfeeding peer counselors and securing more real food for families who choose to breastfeed, since real food costs less, perhaps the over $1,963,291,673 spent would be less if we had increased breastfeeding. Of course nutrition is important, but seeing that breast milk is a lot cheaper, increasing rates among the low and middle-income individuals would be better for health and for tax payers.
This isn’t about YOU as an individual
For clarification purposes, how you feed your baby is up to you. For us, we recognize the benefits of breastfeeding and feel that families should choose breastfeeding as a first option, then pumped breastmilk, followed by formula. This is what AAP recommends as well as WHO.