Breastfeeding has been shown to provide health benefits to the infant, including nutrients needed for healthy growth and development as well as antibodies to protect them from many illnesses. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a baby be breastfed for at least 12 months, however even babies who breastfeed for only a short period of time can experience health benefits.
| ||In Mississippi in 2008, 49.5% of mothers reported ever breastfeeding or pumping breast milk to feed their baby after delivery.|
| ||In Mississippi in 2008, 35.6% of mothers reported still breastfeeding four weeks (one month) after delivery.|
| ||In Mississippi in 2008, 26.5% of mothers reported still breastfeeding eight weeks (two months) after delivery.|
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Healthy people 2020
Breastfeeding: Increase the proportion of infants who are ever breastfed to at least 81.9 percent.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.
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