Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
24.9 percent (2015)

42.4 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

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

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

Target-Setting Method


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.