August 16, 2017 | Number of The Day
Increase in percent of women in NJ still breastfeeding at 12 months

Breastfeeding numbers continue to rise in the Garden State. According to the 2017 Breastfeeding Report Card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 15.6 percent increase — over the previous year — among mothers still breastfeeding at 12 months. The numbers rose 13.8 percent among mothers exclusively breastfeeding at three months, and they were up 12.4 percent among mothers still breastfeeding at 6 months.

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the New Jersey Department of Health is celebrating the continued improvement in breastfeeding numbers in the state. “The best food for a baby’s first year of life is breast milk,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett. “For infants, breastfeeding helps prevent hunger, increases nourishment and protects against obesity. For mothers, breastfeeding can be a satisfying and empowering experience, which should be supported by employers, the healthcare system, and the community,” Bennett said. Breastfeeding leads to a lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes in mothers, as well as a lower risk of certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

You can find information and resources on breastfeeding here.