Breastfeeding is not catching on. (FYI).
Only 47% of American children younger than six included in a
nationally representative survey taken in 1991-1994 had been exclusively
breastfed when they were one week old, and only 10% at six months of
age. (1) Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months reduces
infants' risk of many illnesses and is strongly encouraged by the
American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. The
survey reveals that exclusive breastfeeding at six months of age was
particularly uncommon among low-birth-weight and preterm infants, and
among those born to black women, teenagers, smokers, residents of the
South and women at the lowest income and educational levels (3-7%). Data
on the proportions of children who had ever been breastfed showed
similar patterns. Only three subgroups of women met the Healthy People
2010 objective of having at least 75% of mothers breastfeed at some
time: women who had graduated from college (82%), those who lived in a
household headed by a college graduate (80%) and those in the highest
income category (75%).
(1.) Ruowei L et al., Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding among
US infants, American Journal of Public Health, 2002, 92(7): 1107-1110.