The latest CDC Vital Signs report, which was released yesterday, says that the percentage of US hospitals using the majority of The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (the global standard hospital care to support breastfeeding) increased by 29% in 2007 and 54% in 2013.
CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D, M.P.H said: “Breastfeeding has immense health benefits for babies and their mothers. More hospitals are better supporting new moms [sic] to breastfeed…every new born should have the best possible start in life.”
In the US approximately four million babies are born, with 14% born in Baby-Friendly hospitals. While the number has tripled, the percentage still remains low.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was introduced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF, and then endorsed by the American Academy of Paediatrics.
The main core of the initiative is The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
“These improvements in hospital support for breastfeeding are promising, but we also want to see more hospitals fully supporting mothers who want to breastfeed. The Ten Steps helps to ensure that mothers get the best start with breastfeeding,” Epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Cria Perrine PhD added.
According to CDC, breastfeeding could save the US more than $2 billion every year on medical costs for children if breastfeeding recommendations are met.
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