Breast-feeding rates remain highest in Idaho and lowest in Mississippi. Experts attribute that to regional differences in culture and workplace policies that support breast-feeding.
Wednesday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 77 per cent of moms tried breast-feeding in 2010. A decade earlier it was 71 per cent. The per cent still breast-feeding a year later rose to 27 per cent from 16 per cent in 2000.
The report comes from a national telephone survey of more than 8,000 parents and caretakers of small children.
Experts say breast milk contains antibodies that protect newborns from infections, and breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight.
Report: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding /data/reportcard.htm