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Updated: 2007-01-15T11:49:00Z

 



Not only are lower income women not given the education to breastfeed, they are also handed out formula. It is...

2008-08-26T20:52:21Z

Not only are lower income women not given the education to breastfeed, they are also handed out formula. It is...

Not only are lower income women not given the education to breastfeed, they are also handed out formula. It is much easier to take the formula than to figure out how to breastfeed, especially if you are not aware of the benefits. It is really tragic.




My sister received WIC assistance with both her children. They paid for her formula so she had no financial incentive...

2008-08-26T00:14:05Z

My sister received WIC assistance with both her children. They paid for her formula so she had no financial incentive...

My sister received WIC assistance with both her children. They paid for her formula so she had no financial incentive to breastfeed. She also had no higher education or training and worked as a waitress. No opportunity or support to pump. Unfortunately it doesn't appear that lower income mothers are given the education and resources to choose breastfeeding.




Lauren, The funny thing about this is that in some communities you can feel like the only one, and in...

2008-08-26T00:14:45Z

Lauren, The funny thing about this is that in some communities you can feel like the only one, and in...

Lauren,

The funny thing about this is that in some communities you can feel like the only one, and in others you can feel like no one doesn't breastfeed! In my area you can drive for 15 minutes and be in two different communities that see it really differently.

I also think that we tend to compare ourselves mostly to our peer group, which can also affect your impression. Interesting stuff.

Good for you for doing even though there aren't many around you who do!

Tanya




Sometimes I get that feeling that I'm the only mother in my whole community that nurses her baby and now...

2008-08-28T02:04:40Z

Sometimes I get that feeling that I'm the only mother in my whole community that nurses her baby and now...

Sometimes I get that feeling that I'm the only mother in my whole community that nurses her baby and now I know why. Many thanks to LLL and this blog (and those it links to) for your much-needed support!

Imagine the effects on society if even 50% of babies were still breastfed at 12 months. Better health for moms and babies, incomparable nutrition and long-term immunity for children, more public and workplace acceptance of nursing mothers, the effects of higher prolactin levels on mothers' bonding instincts and fertility rates...




Hi tiny-dog, Here are some rates at different ages from the 2005 CDC study: Ever breastfed: 73% Any breastfeeding at...

2008-08-26T20:59:04Z

Hi tiny-dog, Here are some rates at different ages from the 2005 CDC study: Ever breastfed: 73% Any breastfeeding at...

Hi tiny-dog,

Here are some rates at different ages from the 2005 CDC study:

Ever breastfed: 73%
Any breastfeeding at 3 months: 53%
Exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months: 39%
Any breastfeeding at 6 months: 39%
Exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months: 14%
Any breastfeeding at 1 year: 20%
Any breastfeeding at 18 months: 7%

Breastfeeding beyond that age wasn't measured. For more detailed information, see this page:

http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/NIS_data/data_2005.htm

Happy to track down more information if what you see here doesn't answer your question!

- Tanya




I'm really interested to know how *long* people breastfeed, statistically.

2008-08-26T00:14:07Z

I'm really interested to know how *long* people breastfeed, statistically.

I'm really interested to know how *long* people breastfeed, statistically.




My thoughts exactly!

2008-08-26T20:54:48Z

My thoughts exactly!

My thoughts exactly!




Fascinating! It always bothers me to read the statistics showing that the people who would benefit the most from breastfeeding...

2008-08-26T00:14:49Z

Fascinating! It always bothers me to read the statistics showing that the people who would benefit the most from breastfeeding...

Fascinating! It always bothers me to read the statistics showing that the people who would benefit the most from breastfeeding (due to the cost of formula and the lack of health care) have lower rates of breastfeeding. It seems though that the trends start from the wealthiest class and trickle down, so hopefully breastfeeding rates are still on the upswing.