The CDC released the 2018 Breastfeeding Report Card yesterday and highlights include:
- Kansas is one of only 4 states to exceed national averages and Healthy People 2020 goals in 4 core measures – any breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding at 3 & 6 months and any breastfeeding at 12 months. Kansas also improved in each of these measures over last year.
- Kansas formula supplementation rates in the first 2 days of life continue to decline and are well below the national average of (13.5% Kansas v. 17.2% U.S.).
- 41.1% of babies in Kansas are born in Baby-Friendly facilities, far exceeding the national average of 27.6%. This is a dramatic increase from 0% only 3 short years ago. Kansas is one of only 12 states to exceed 40% of births occurring in Baby-Friendly Hospitals. We expect the percentage of babies born in BF hospitals in KS to climb to over 50% within the next 2 years.
Our shared vision of a state where breastfeeding is normal and supported is closer to becoming a reality. Thank you for the important role each of you have played in creating a culture of breastfeeding support in Kansas.
We look forward to working with you to build on this momentum!