The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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The state you live in helps determine your baby’s chance of being breastfed. Women in the West are most likely to nurse, Southern women least likely. Higher rates are also found among women who live in states with baby-friendly laws, like those that exempt breastfeeding from indecency rules. Health experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months and supplemental breastfeeding through at least the first year. While three-quarters of new moms begin breastfeeding in the hospital, only 36 percent continue for six months; and just 17 percent keep nursing for one year. A nationwide study revealed the percentage of babies in each state who are ever breastfed:
Top 3 States
Bottom 3 States