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Report indicates Colorado moms keen on extended breastfeeding

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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.

Read the rest of this report at Gazette.com

-BARBARA COTTER

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  • comment avatar Lana August 2, 2012

    I’m not surprised. I went for a year to a year and a half with my kids. I never really had a goal in mind; I just quit when it felt right.

  • comment avatar Kia August 3, 2012

    I went just over 2 years and have only had one kid so far.

  • comment avatar Abby August 3, 2012

    16 months for #1 and just starting with #2.

  • comment avatar Elizabeth August 3, 2012

    ‎10 weeks… I had twins and became so exhausted from feeding literally around the clock.

  • comment avatar Kayla August 3, 2012

    With our first, two years but we lived in MI at the time. With our second we’re going strong at 9 months… but may breastfeed until she’s eight, she has no interest in solids yet.

  • comment avatar Jen August 3, 2012

    ‎4 1/2 months. I would have done it longer but my sin had food allergies & even after eliminating all 8 common allergies from MY diet, he still had issues and had to go on amino acid prescription formula. I was literally wasting away to nothing because I couldn’t eat enough calories on my limited diet. So, that was a bummer… 🙁

  • comment avatar Gretchen August 3, 2012

    I’ve spent years breastfeeding. Some of my babes had breast milk and formula, some never had a drop of formula. I love breastfeeding. It’s one of those joyfully demanding things that gets better with time. Getting through the first 6-12 weeks is the hardest.

  • comment avatar Tami August 3, 2012

    My first weaned at 2 years. I’m at 7 months with my second, who has little interest thus far in cereal. On to veggies.

  • comment avatar Sandra August 3, 2012

    My baby is 7 months now and we’re still going strong. I hope to continue until she self-weans.

  • comment avatar Terra August 3, 2012

    My son weaned himself at 15 months. It was bitter sweet.

  • comment avatar Lola August 3, 2012

    We made it 18 months with both girls.

  • comment avatar Heather August 3, 2012

    Nearly three years of breastfeeding with both kids!

  • comment avatar Jennifer August 3, 2012

    13 months for the first 3. 20 months for #4 (that was tandem nursed for 5 months with) #5 was over 2 when she stopped nursing.

  • comment avatar Heather August 3, 2012

    14 months for the first, going on 7 months with my second. Couldn’t agree more the first few weeks are so hard but it becomes much easier and more rewarding after that. Nothing comforts a baby more 🙂

  • comment avatar Megan August 3, 2012

    ‎9 months so far and still going strong.

  • comment avatar Mary August 3, 2012

    Till 18 months with my first and working our way down with my second at 26 months.

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