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Breastfeeding Report Card: RI Behind the Curve

August 3, 2012

No pun intended. Well, OK, maybe a little bit intended.

But seriously, folks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has published its 2012 breastfeeding report card for all 50 states. And Rhode Island seems to be making progress in some areas. But not all. We’re lagging behind on a few key measures. For example, the report shows that about 34% of Rhode Island babies were fed breast milk, exclusively, through the age of three months. The national average is 36%.

First, here’s how the CDC describes what the report aims to tell us and how states play a role:

“There are many ways that states support mothers and babies to breastfeed, and everyone plays a role. The CDC Breastfeeding Report Card brings together state-by-state information to help tell the story of breastfeeding practices in states. It compiles many types of data so states can monitor progress, celebrate state successes, and identify opportunities to work with health professionals, employers, business owners, community partners and family members to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.”

Here are a few key measures:

  • The number of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants available per 1000 live births in a state
  • Whether a state’s child care regulations supports onsite breastfeeding
  • The percent of infants breastfed ever, still breastfed at 6 months, and breastfed exclusively still by three and six months

Want to learn more about how Rhode Island fares? Check out the report card here: 2012BreastfeedingReportCard.

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