1. Breastfeeding rates have risen in the United States over the past 20 years.
2. When La Leche League International was founded in 1956 to promote breastfeeding, the national breastfeeding rate was about 20 percent.
3. In the U.S., the current national breastfeeding rate is about 75 percent, meaning nearly 75 percent of mothers have at some point breastfed their infant. The rate in North Carolina is higher than the national rate.
4. Breast milk is not as safe or as healthy as formula milk, but breastfeeding is considered a better way for mother and child to bond.
5. Women with higher income are more likely to breastfeed than those with lower income.
6. Mothers older than 30 are less likely to breastfeed.
7. Breastfeeding rates among non-Hispanic African-American women have risen sharply in recent years.
8. Women who are vegetarians or vegans should not breastfeed.
9. Some health issues-use of drugs or alcohol, for example-should keep women from breastfeeding.
10. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast cancer and may lower the risk of ovarian cancer.
11. The percent of mothers who breastfeed children at 6 months of age is still less than 50 percent.
12. The U.S. Surgeon General suggests feeding babies breast milk for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding continue for three years.
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The U.S. Surgeon General suggests that babies receive breast milk for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding continue for 12 months. The current national breastfeeding rate at 12 months is 23.8 percent. The information for this quiz was derived from "Breastfeeding in the United States: Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2006," from the Women's Health Center of Excellence for Research, Leadership, Education at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Annual Breastfeeding Report Card for 2011.