USA 2011 breastfeeding frequency chart state by state.

Merry - posted on 09/06/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )

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First number is-Ever Breastfed

Second number is-Breastfeeding at 6 months

third is- Breastfeeding at 12 months

Fourth is-Exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months

fifth number-Exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months last number is-Percent of breastfed infants receiving formula before 2 days

U.S. National 74.6 44.3 23.8 35.0 14.8 24.5

Alabama 56.7 24.4 8.0 19.8 5.9 28.9

Alaska 84.2 45.5 25.6 37.7 17.1 18.5

Arizona 78.4 52.0 22.3 36.1 12.3 28.8

Arkansas 63.9 34.0 16.0 29.9 13.7 20.1

California 86.6 59.1 40.0 48.1 25.7 23.8

Colorado 80.0 55.6 26.8 46.3 24.0 17.4

Connecticut 74.4 47.1 25.0 43.4 16.2 19.1

Delaware 71.8 40.7 18.2 31.6 11.4 22.8

Dist of Columbia 74.8 48.6 32.4 34.8 17.1 31.4

Florida 79.5 39.0 20.2 31.7 12.9 31.4

Georgia 71.6 36.7 18.5 27.1 10.1 32.5

Hawaii 85.0 52.4 31.2 42.4 20.8 23.9

Idaho 84.5 61.2 31.4 49.5 22.1 12.3

Illinois 70.6 44.5 21.7 35.3 14.3 26.1

Indiana 67.4 31.4 12.8 29.7 11.4 15.1

Iowa 78.0 51.9 28.8 37.2 17.0 16.9

Kansas 75.4 41.0 21.6 33.5 10.6 21.7

Kentucky 57.8 32.9 18.6 24.2 9.8 15.5

Louisiana 48.9 18.2 7.0 20.5 7.8 18.0

Maine 73.5 49.2 31.6 38.6 18.5 18.9

Maryland 78.5 45.2 27.0 32.0 13.1 30.9

Massachusetts 76.9 46.0 20.4 42.8 14.1 16.5

Michigan 69.3 42.9 18.2 31.3 16.3 17.9

Minnesota 82.5 50.9 24.1 45.0 15.0 16.0

Mississippi 50.3 22.4 10.5 19.2 5.7 24.4

Missouri 64.2 35.1 15.6 29.3 12.0 17.9

Montana 82.8 61.1 28.1 51.9 23.0 8.0

Nebraska 72.8 44.4 25.5 37.9 13.4 19.1

Nevada 80.1 45.6 23.8 32.6 11.5 27.8

New Hampshire 82.4 58.2 31.3 50.5 19.6 15.5

New Jersey 75.3 45.9 24.4 26.8 10.3 38.0

New Mexico 73.1 51.8 27.1 43.5 14.9 16.0

New York 78.2 47.7 27.7 32.7 13.7 33.2

North Carolina 67.3 37.0 19.6 28.1 8.2 29.3

North Dakota 71.4 46.1 23.6 41.0 18.7 12.4

Ohio 66.8 40.4 16.8 31.1 8.6 17.9

Oklahoma 67.5 36.1 17.9 29.5 11.9 15.6

Oregon 91.2 62.5 34.5 50.3 21.0 15.1

Pennsylvania 63.4 37.6 17.7 33.4 14.4 17.9

Rhode Island 70.4 38.0 19.3 33.0 12.9 23.6

South Carolina 62.5 26.5 14.5 23.0 7.1 29.3

South Dakota 69.9 44.5 24.3 38.8 15.2 16.3

Tennessee 65.6 35.5 14.8 27.9 12.8 20.3

Texas 75.2 42.2 23.0 30.6 13.5 30.5

Utah 84.5 61.5 29.3 44.1 17.0 21.8

Vermont 85.2 63.2 37.1 58.9 25.5 8.5

Virginia 79.1 40.8 22.9 36.5 14.5 25.5

Washington 89.0 60.2 35.0 49.1 23.0 18.0

West Virginia 54.1 26.2 11.9 21.7 5.6 24.8

Wisconsin 73.7 44.5 24.9 38.2 14.7 14.0

Wyoming 83.2 48.2 21.4 47.9 17.2 11.6

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Survey, Provisional Data, 2008 births. http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/NI...





Now this was taken from some CDC immunization survey so idk if it includes non immunized kids who are typically breastfed long...but it's an idea of how we are doing state to sate!

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Cyndel - posted on 09/08/2011

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The south is the bible belt (btw I'm an exclusively bfing for the 2nd time Tennessean mom) and breasts are 'sexual objects' that are to be hidden and the idea of popping one out for the innocent act of feeding a baby is a horrendous act of sexual exposure that will lead men to lust.

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Merry - posted on 09/11/2011

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:D I figured! Your strength is how you know what you want and won't bend for anyone, and mine is thinking I can change the world. Eh it works!

Sherri - posted on 09/11/2011

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Love you Laura but nope not into changing the world I will remain very quiet and private in my breastfeeding and honestly don't care if people decide to formula feed or breastfeed or if more of the population chooses one or the other.

Merry - posted on 09/11/2011

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Oh and Fierna is exclusively breastfed so far and at 3.5 months she caught a cold from a boy at a play date. So, breastmilk isn't magical, but when it can't prevent the illness it still makes it shorter, and milder, with less complications such as secondary infections, dehydration, etc. So yeah it's not magic, but it is amazingly designed to keep babies as healthy as possible!

Merry - posted on 09/11/2011

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Sherri, I refuse to cover while nursing in public unless it makes my baby feel better like if it's sunny windy cold etc.





I have the foolish notion that I can change the world if enough people get over their issues about breastfeeding. If everyone saw a woman nursing everytime they went out in public pretty soon no one would even care! It would be like how we as a country 'got over' seeing elbows and knees and bellybuttons as improper in public.

When my baby is hungry I feed her wherever I am, no prep needed, no special tools, no forethought. Just unhook the bra under my shirt and as I bring her to the nipple I raise the shirt and voila! Baby eats and nothing shows, I can be in conversation with someone and feed her and they barely notice. Sometime they say, wait, is she eating? And I answer yeah she's been eating like ten minutes :) lol.

Breastfeeding in public to me is absolutely commonplace, it is so easy and comfortable.

My personality type is the 'eternal optimist' and I really think that if every mom breastfed out in public unashamed and confidently that the world would first be shocked, then very quickly stop caring. And moms and babies everywhere would enjoy the simplicity that nursing brings. It really is mindless after a few months.



So cover if you (general you) want obviously, but if you feel like helping me 'change the world' go forth and nurse uncovered and unashamed! Lol

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Sherri, that wasn't my point. Someone asked whether it had to be 100% breastmilk and no supplementing with formula.



My reasoning is no, because after starting solids, it's not 100% breastmilk either.



My son's just an example -- he started solids and didn't get sick.

Kate CP - posted on 09/11/2011

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Ah, okay. Yes, I agree that it's not the SOLE reason why the baby was never sick. But it does help. :)

And my pointing out about nursing while sick was just an afterthought.

Sherri - posted on 09/11/2011

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You misunderstood what I said Kate. All I said is although breastfeeding will help them not get sick it isn't the sole reason they don't get sick. How many germs they are exposed too also depends if a child will get sick or not.

I was saying by her logic since she breastfed and said she gave her antibodies to her child that is why is never got sick but although I am sure it helped it wasn't the sole reason or she herself would never be sick or ill either.

I never said anything about nursing or not nursing while a mom was ill??

Kate CP - posted on 09/11/2011

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That's not how that works, Sherri. The baby is only exposed to really what mom is exposed to. So they get the antibodies that mom has been producing in their body so they can get a head start on fighting off infection. That's why it's usually safe (unless it's something REALLY serious) to nurse a baby when you have a cold or the flu.

Sherri - posted on 09/10/2011

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Liz I think it also depends how many germs they are exposed too. So although I certainly think it helped it certainly wouldn't be the sole cause of him not being sick.



Since with that logic if your antibodies make it so your son is never sick then you should never be sick either right??

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I think any breastmilk must help with immunities, etc. -- if not, after babies start solids around 6 months, it would have no effect, right?



I still breastfeed my 12 month old son -- he has solids of course -- and he's never been sick a day in his life, even when both his father and I had terrible colds.

Elfrieda - posted on 09/09/2011

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@Rebecca
This is totally not scientific, but I'm pretty sure that even a tiny bit of breastmilk does good work. My son started getting supplemented with formula at 4 months, and by 7 months was hardly nursing at all, but when I stopped at 8 months, he started getting sick and catching colds, where through the previous 8 months he had had only one little sniffle. Of course, 8 months coincided with him roaming the floors and eating stuff off them, so maybe that's why he got sick instead of because of weaning! :P

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What I find most interesting is how few mothers of babies at 3 months are actually "exclusively" breastfeeding, meaning the babies are receiving some formula. It's more common than I realized. Since so many moms are nursing and supplementing with formula, it would be really interesting to see if the benefits of BF carry over if the infant isn't receiving 100% BM. I haven't seen many studies that look at that, but as a mom who was never able to 100% BF my kids, I would love to know!

Sherri - posted on 09/09/2011

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I won't ever breastfeed in public without a cover and if at all possible won't breastfeed in public very often.

I don't want anyone seeing my breasts. It is fine for my own family but NOT ever for anyone else.

Minnie - posted on 09/09/2011

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The south is the bible belt (btw I'm an exclusively bfing for the 2nd time Tennessean mom) and breasts are 'sexual objects' that are to be hidden and the idea of popping one out for the innocent act of feeding a baby is a horrendous act of sexual exposure that will lead men to lust.
(please tell me you can hear the heavy sarcasms!)


Ha! Well, Cyndel, I was told the above almost verbatim by a pastor and a woman in another church up here in NH and they were utterly serious. :(

Kellie - posted on 09/09/2011

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Well i'm impressed Laura!

That's great Cyndel! change and moving forward is always a good thing :)

Merry - posted on 09/09/2011

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My husband thinks it's great I nurse without a cover. We both believe that boobs are for feeding babies, and while they're sexy to him, so is every other part of my body! I havent used a cover since my first was 3 months. He's seen most of my friends nurse too, without covers :)

Cyndel - posted on 09/09/2011

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I know many many women who breastfeed, but most refuse to do it in the same room where a man is. My husband even has trouble with it and I'm sent off to another room if baby is so squirmy he keeps disturbing the cover. I get tired of it but he is getting better with each child, at least I can sometimes nurse in Sunday school class or at the bowling alley while with my older son I always had to leave the room if their were men around and go somewhere else.
Like I said he is changing and will continue to change...I don't think he will ever be ok with coverless while we are out (though I couldn't care less) but he is getting more and more ok with it ;-)

Merry - posted on 09/09/2011

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That's exactly what it is! Lol one long strip of fabric wrapped up nice and snug :) I have many good compliments when wearing it but a good many 'odd' looks too. I assume its confusion or curiosity.

Kellie - posted on 09/09/2011

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I'm not 100% sure what a Moby wrap is, but if it's one of those complicated ones where you just start off with a piece of fabric that you somehow twist and turn and safely wrap a bubba up in on you in whatever position, the look on my face is admiration mingled with a how in the hell did you do that!!!! LOL

Merry - posted on 09/09/2011

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When I wear my baby in my moby wrap I get odd looks from strangers, it looks like they are disgusted with the wrap but I think it's really just they've never seen it before and they don't know how it works or think it looks weird etc. They're face looks upset but I think they're just thinking hard.
Same I'd assume for most breastfeeding cuz it's not often seen, they might be wondering is the baby sleeping? Is it nursing? They could be totally innocent thinking but their face looks offended. Or even they could be shocked and not sure how they feel but minutes later as they're walking away they could think, oh well I guess that's a good thing! Good job mom! And yet you never know you positively influenced them and just thought their confused expression was judgement.

Kellie - posted on 09/09/2011

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I often wonder why we allow others such power over us and our choices to the point where we choose not to do something like BF if public (or at all) because of the attitudes we are perceiving from others.

How do you know what the random person who you may never see again is actually thinking for sure? For example when I see a BF'ing Mum in public I quietly, in my head, jump for joy yelling yay for you! (with super mild jealousy on occasion as I couldn't BF :) however it does make me uncomfortable to watch for a couple of reasons, I was Sexually Abused as a child and I feel like I'm intruding on a private moment between Mother and Baby, These are MY issues and have nothing to do with a Mum BF'ing her baby at all (and I'm working on it!), but she could read my uncomfortableness the total wrong way and go away with the impression I am judging her negatively when I am, in fact, judging her positively.

Personally I do what I do and if someone wants to judge me for it they can go for it, I'm still going to make my own choices. Judgements are almost always the other person Projecting their own crap onto you anyway so I do my very best to ignore it, sometimes I slip but usually not.

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Yes Becky, the Christian moms I know in real life almost all breastfeed, and in public without a cover too. Only one doesn't, she has PCOS.

Becky - posted on 09/08/2011

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Interesting that that is the attitude in the Bible belt, because the majority of my mom friends are from my Church, and ALL of them breastfed!

Johnny - posted on 09/08/2011

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I can hear it Cyndel.

But I just wanted to say hooray for you moms who are persevering in such negative atmospheres! Hopefully you will be changing people's minds with your great examples :))

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Boobies are for men. It's totally okay to wear a cleavage showing shirt, but you don't want to BF because someone might be uncomfortable. :/ Especially in Louisiana. Flash for beads at Mardi Gras. But BFing is 'uncomfortable.'

Merry - posted on 09/06/2011

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Yeah Oregon is top of most percentiles and Louisiana is at the bottom of most :( is it something in the south? Seems lots of southern states have awfully low numbers....

Merry - posted on 09/06/2011

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Lowest percentile ever breastfed is Alabama West Virginia Mississippi Kentucky Louisiana



highest percentile of ever breastfed is Washington Wyoming Idaho Alaska Utah Oregon vermont california and Hawaii



Lowest at 1 year is Alabama Louisiana west Virginia Tennessee south Carolina Mississippi and Indiana



Highest at a year is California Oregon Vermont Washington



Lowest exclusively to 6 months is Alabama Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi north Carolina south Carolina Ohio and west Virginia



And highest exclusive to 6 months is California Vermont Washington Oregon Montana Idaho Hawaii and colorado

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