77%. That's the number of new mothers in the US who are breastfeeding (at least for a short while). And according to the NY Times it's the highest rate in about ten years.
The age and income of mothers seems to play a role in whether or not they breastfeed.
"Just 57 percent of poor mothers and only 43 percent of mothers under 20 breast-fed their infants, the survey found."
And apparently, although education about the benefits of breastfeeding has been getting the word out, hospitals still give out formula to new moms. A group called "Ban the Bags" is trying to put a stop to that.
Find the full NY Times article here.
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