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Office of the Surgeon General (US); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US); Office on Women's Health (US). The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. Rockville (MD): Office of the Surgeon General (US); 2011.

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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.

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Data from 1970-2007 of any and 6 months breastfeeding show overall increased rates from less than 30% any and less than 10% 6 month breastfeeding in 1970 to 75% any and 43% 6 month breastfeeding in 2007.  From 1970 through the early 1980's rates went steadily up, rates then dipped slightly and began rising again around 1990.  From 1999 through 2007, rates of 1 year breastfeeding increased steadily from 15 to 22.4%.  From 2003 through 2007, exclusive breastfeeding has increased moderately from 29.6% at 3 months in 2003 to 33% in 2007 and from 10.3% at 6 months in 2003 to 13.3% in 2007.  The Healthy People 2010 breastfeeding targets were 75% initiation, 50% any breastfeeding for 6 months, 40% exclusive for 3 months, 17% exclusive for 6 months, and 25% any breastfeeding for 1 year.

Figure 1National Trends in Breastfeeding Rates

Note: Data from before 1999 are from a different source, as indicated by the line break.

Sources: 1970–1998, Ross Mothers Survey;38,39,40 1999–2007, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Survey. 41

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