Report indicates Colorado moms keen on extended breastfeeding
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a nationwide breastfeeding report card Wednesday, showing that Colorado is tops in the nation when it comes to the number of mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of their lives. Nationwide, 16.3 percent of moms are exclusively breastfeeding at six months; in Colorado, the number is 26.6 percent.
Public health officials say breastfeeding, not formula, is the most beneficial food for newborns, and the longer they can stay on breast milk, the better it is for their health.
And, as the U.S. tries to come to grips with rising obesity rates in children, research indicates that breastfed babies are less likely to become overweight.
“Breastfeeding is one of our best protections against childhood obesity,” Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in a news release.
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