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CDC: Breast-Feeding Rates Up, More Than 3-In-4 Mothers Try

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Women who plan and then follow through with breastfeeding are half as likely to become depressed following birth as mothers who had planned and followed through on not breastfeeding. ns. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Women who plan and then follow through with breastfeeding are half as likely to become depressed following birth as mothers who had planned and followed through on not breastfeeding. ns. (HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say breast-feeding rates continue to inch up: Now more than 3 in 4 mothers try to breast-feed their newborns.

Breast-feeding rates remain highest in Idaho and lowest in Mississippi. Experts attribute that to regional differences in culture and workplace policies that support breast-feeding.

Wednesday’s report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 77 percent of moms tried breast-feeding in 2010. A decade earlier it was 71 percent. The percent still breast-feeding a year later rose to 27 percent from 16 percent in 2000.

The report comes from a national telephone survey of more than 8,000 parents and caretakers of small children.

Experts say breast milk contains antibodies that protect newborns from infections, and breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight.

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