In the United States, the number of women breastfeeding their newborn babies is increasing. It is estimated that three out of four new mothers begin breastfeeding their newborns.
But the matter of concern is that less than half women continue breastfeeding till the babies are six months old.
As per the report of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of women starting breastfeeding at the birth of their child is increasing significantly, however, the percentage is different in all states. For example, 90% women start breastfeeding in Utah, but only 52.5% women initiate the process in Mississippi.
It is said that those infants who are breastfed right after their birth are less prone to become obese in later life. The studies also establish many beneficial effects of breastfeeding.
There are antibodies found in breast milk, which protect the newborn child from infections and many other illnesses. Breast milk is also easy to digest.
It is worth noting that in America, obesity is a very big problem among the young generation and to bring down the percentage of childhood obesity is one of the biggest challenges of the Obama Government.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines, it is mandatory for every newborn to have breast milk for the initial six months of his life. After that the child can start eating other food, but the mothers can continue giving breast milk for at least one year.