Status: Baseline only

  
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Baseline

Increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed exclusively through 6 months of age

Baseline: 24.9 percent of infants born in 2015 were breastfed exclusively through 6 months of age

Target: 42.4 percent

Target Setting Method
Projection

Summary

Breastfeeding is linked to a reduced risk for many illnesses in children and mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life is linked to health benefits for infants. Although breastfeeding initiation rates are high in the United States, most women don’t breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months. Strategies like peer support, education, longer maternity leaves, and breastfeeding support in the hospital, workplace, and community may help more women breastfeed exclusively.