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Breast-feeding at a 20-year high

May 03, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

More than 3 out of 4 new moms now breast-feed their infants, the highest rate in the U.S. in at least 20 years, according to a government report released Wednesday.

About 77% of new mothers breast-feed, at least briefly, up from 60% in 1993-94, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The percentage of black infants who were breast-fed rose most dramatically, to 65%. Only 36% were ever breast-fed in 1993-94, the new study found. For whites, the figure rose to 79% from 62%. For Mexican Americans, it increased to 80% from 67%.

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