Half of New Moms Breastfeed
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|Wed, 07-31-2013 - 3:28pm|
Half of all new moms in the US now breastfeed their babies for the recommended minimum of six months, according to new data released Wednesday.
It’s a big increase from just 35 percent in 2000 and is good news for babies and moms alike, as breastfeeding boosts the immune system, may lower the risk of obesity and is even linked with higher intelligence.
“This is great news for the health of our nation because babies who are breastfed have lower risks of ear and gastrointestinal infections, diabetes and obesity, and mothers who breastfeed have lower risks of breast and ovarian cancers,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden.