New data released by the CDC in the 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card show that nationally, mothers are breastfeeding for longer and are more likely to exclusively breastfeed than last year. In NJ, however, breastfeeding rates generally decreased.
The 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card reports information from all 50 states and the District of Columbia about breastfeeding rates as well as policies and support that promote breastfeeding. This annual report compiles data from several sources, including:
- National Immunization Survey
- Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey
- Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
It is important to note that breastfeeding rates reported in the National Immunization Survey are based on landline telephone sample. This resulted in a smaller sample size and a larger margin of error in than in prior years. Breastfeeding rates should be interpreted with caution.