We already know that there are AH-MAY-ZING benefits to breastfeeding including: healthy development for the baby, weight loss for the momma, and even a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer later down the line!!
According to a new study in the July issue of Pediatrics, most moms who attempt to exclusively breastfeed after giving birth sadly don’t continue.
In fact, out of the 85 percent of new mommies who said they wanted to breastfeed for three months or longer, only 32.4 percent of them actually managed to achieve their goal!!!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in a U.S. survey that 73.9 percent of kiddies born in 2006 were breastfed. But only 43.4 percent were still doing so at six months, and only 13.6 percent were exclusively breastfed. By the time they reached their first birthday, only 22.7 percent were receiving any of their momma's breast milk.
First time moms were least likely to reach their goals, and moms who were obese, smoked or aimed for longer breastfeeding were less likely to make it to their intended date.
Not entirely a surprise here, as we can imagine breast-feeding is best when done in optimal health!
CLICK HERE for more information on breastfeeding from the CDC!
What do U think about these figures?!!
[Image via Time.]
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