Status: Baseline only
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
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.
Workgroup: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup