Alaska takes the cake for highest breastfeeding rates in the US in 2018 report

January 01, 2019

Alaska takes the cake for highest breastfeeding rates in the US in 2018 report

The Centers for Disease Control has released its 2018 report on breastfeeding rates for children born in 2015. 

In the United States, 83.2% of babies started out nursing (compared to 81.1% in 2013 and 79% in 2011). More than half (57.6%) were breastfeeding at 6 months and 35.9% at 12 months. 

In the U.S., Mississippi had the lowest rate (63.2% compared to 52% in 2013). Alaska had the highest rate (93.1%), followed by Washington (92.4%) and Maryland (91%). 

Alaska is also #1 for longevity because 49.7% of moms were still breastfeeding at 12 months. 

Click here, to check out how your state ranks. 

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