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Breastfeeding report card: How does your state measure up?

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Idaho is awesome at breastfeeding: Where does your state fall on the list?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied breastfeeding rates across the U.S. Find out where your state falls on the list when it comes to breastfeeding at 6 months.

How many moms are still breastfeeding at 6 months?

In Idaho, almost 75 percent of moms breastfeed their 6-month-old babies. In Mississippi, the number is just under 20 percent. Where does your state add up? Here's the full list, starting with Idaho, California and Oregon at the top of the class.

Breast feeding report card | Sheknows.com

  1. Idaho — 74.5 percent
  2. California — 71.4 percent
  3. Oregon — 71.0 percent
  4. Hawaii — 64.9 percent
  5. Utah — 64.2 percent
  6. Massachusetts — 62.4 percent
  7. Vermont — 62.3 percent
  8. Washington — 60.2 percent
  9. Montana — 59.3 percent
  10. Alaska — 58.1 percent
  11. Colorado — 56.5 percent
  12. Wyoming — 55.6 percent
  13. Wisconsin — 55.4 percent
  14. Virginia — 54.6 percent
  15. Iowa — 54.0 percent
  16. Nebraska — 53.8 percent
  17. New Hampshire — 53.6 percent
  18. New York — 52.6 percent
  19. Maryland — 52.0 percent
  20. Rhode Island — 50.2 percent
  21. Arizona — 49.7 percent
  22. South Dakota — 49.7 percent
  23. Minnesota — 49.1 percent
  24. Maine — 48.9 percent
  25. Illinois — 48.8 percent
  26. North Carolina — 48.5 percent
  27. Ohio — 48.1 percent
  28. New Jersey — 47.8 percent
  29. New Mexico — 46.7 percent
  30. Connecticut — 45.6 percent
  31. Texas — 45.5 percent
  32. Michigan — 45.1 percent
  33. North Dakota — 44.6 percent
  34. Pennsylvania — 42.9 percent
  35. Kansas — 41.8 percent
  36. Florida — 40.9 percent
  37. Nevada — 40.9 percent
  38. Oklahoma — 39.6 percent
  39. Missouri — 39.3 percent
  40. Delaware 39.1 — percent
  41. Indiana — 37.7 percent
  42. West Virginia — 32.8 percent
  43. Kentucky — 32.5 percent
  44. South Carolina — 32.0 percent
  45. Georgia — 31.8 percent
  46. Louisiana — 31.3 percent
  47. Tennessee — 29.9 percent
  48. Alabama — 29.5 percent
  49. Arkansas — 24.2 percent
  50. Mississippi — 19.7 percent

As a whole, we're doing really well

Despite low percentages in some states, the U.S. has seen an increase in breastfeeding rates since 2000. The number of moms nursing 12-month-old babies has increased from 16 percent to 27 percent. More babies are given skin-to-skin contact with mom after vaginal birth, and more babies are rooming in with mom after delivery instead of staying in a hospital nursery.

When it comes to breastfeeding, moms can't do it alone. Breastfeeding might be natural, but it isn't easy. As a society, we have to continue making it easier for moms to feed their babies. Laws now make it easier for moms to take breaks to pump at work, but we can do better. Nursing moms need family support, freedom to feed their babies anywhere and breastfeeding education to get started when it's often difficult. If you didn't nurse your baby or you didn't breastfeed for long, don't feel like this data is meant to shame you. Statistics don't tell the full story — and every mother's circumstances are unique.

Were you still breastfeeding at 6 months? What made it easier for you? What were your challenges? Share in the comments below, and tell us how your state measured up!

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