Only a Third of U.S. Moms Who Plan to Breastfeed Meet Goals

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Although most American women plan on breast-feeding their newborns, fewer than one-third of those who expected to exclusively breast-feed for three months or more met that goal, according to new research.

The biggest factor in whether or not a woman met her breast-feeding goal appeared to be whether a baby received supplemental feedings while in the hospital.

"We found that mothers able to exclusively breast-feed through their hospital stay were more able to meet their breast-feeding intentions," said the study's lead author, Cria Perrine, an epidemiologist in the division of nutrition, physical activity and obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Childhood Health Article