The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports on the state of breastfeeding in the US with three new publications

“Vital Signs: Hospital Support for Breastfeeding” reports on the results of the nPINC surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009 Analysis by the CDC showed that most US hospitals do not fully support breastfeeding and should do more to make sure mothers can start and continue breastfeeding. Advocates may wish to use these documents in their work to improve hospital lactation care and services.

For the full report see
For a summary see

Breastfeeding Report Card, United States-2011
is in its 5th year, providing data on state and national trends in breastfeeding. Since the release of the first Report Card in 2007, there have been steady improvements in several indicators, especially in 3-month and 6-month exclusive breastfeeding rates, which increased more than 5 and 4 percentage points, respectively. The 2011 report card showed no increase in breastfeeding initiation from last year and a 1% increase in duration. This is rather disappointing and shows that much more needs to be done to assure a steady improvement in breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity.

For the 2011 Breastfeeding Report Card see and

Detailed state reports on CDC’s 2009 Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC)
survey are available

Results from the 2007 and 2009 mPINC surveys indicate that despite slight improvements, birth facilities in most states are not providing maternity care that is fully supportive of breastfeeding (Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding – United States, 2007 and 2009). This report found that from 2007 to 2009 the percentage of hospitals with recommended practices on at least 9 of 10 indicators consistent with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding increased only slightly, from 2.4% to 3.5%. Aggregate state-level data are shared with state level organizations from state health departments to state breastfeeding coalitions to facilitate their work with hospitals and birth centers in improving breastfeeding care. State Reports summarize each state’s facilities’ strengths in breastfeeding support as well as the areas in need of improvement. These reports identify opportunities for states to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers and infants and are available at




Still Selling Out Mothers and Babies: Marketing of Breat Milk Substitutes in the USA
The updated US Country report, published in 2007 for the 25th anniversary of the Code, demonstrates continued Code violations. 68 pages order here