U.S. breast-feeding rates up

Three-quarters of moms nurse their babies

By Nathan Seppa, 10:39 AM February 12, 2013

More U.S. mothers are breast-feeding their newborns than were nursing roughly a decade ago. A national survey shows that as of 2008, 75 percent of babies born that year were breast-fed, compared with 70 percent in 2000. And more babies are being breast-fed to a later age.

The benefits of breast-feeding are well documented, and the gradual change suggests the public health message may be getting through. Compared with breast-fed infants, babies who drink formula are more prone to ear infect...

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