Infants living in the southeast are less likely to be breastfed at 6 months than infants living in other areas of the country. Infants in rural areas are less likely to ever breastfeed than infants living in urban areas. Younger mothers (aged 20 to 29 years) are less likely to ever breastfeed (79.0%) than mothers aged 30 years or older (84.8%).
3. BREAST MILK SHORTAGE There is a perceived shortage of breast milk. The biggest demand for breast milk is coming from neonatal intensive care units. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies born with a birth weight lower than 1,500 grams (3.3 pounds) are fed breast milk, The Associated Press reported.
4. SHADY ONLINE PRACTICES
Health experts at the Milk Bank warn against purchasing milk online. A quick search turned up supplies selling for hundreds of dollars -- up to $4 an ounce.
"Research has shown when there's money involved, there's more of a likelihood of tampering with milk," said Chris Smith, Milk Bank Director of Operations.
5. BREAST MILK ADVANTAGES
Research shows that breastfed babies have lower risks of:
- Leukemia (during childhood)
- Obesity (during childhood)
- Ear infections
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Lower respiratory infections
- Necrotizing (NEK-roh-TEYE-zing) enterocolitis (en-TUR-oh-coh-LYT-iss), a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in premature babies, or babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
- Type 2 diabetes
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