May 21st, 2014

Free Ain’t Free

By Katrina Pavlik
Breastfeed Chicago

Dad was right. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. First, some stats: In 2013, 11.1% of Illinois babies had been exclusively breastfed at 6 months old. This means no formula supplementation and no solids. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Healthy People 2020 initiative wants us to be up to 25.5% by year 2020. (Other countries’ data.)

Why? Because we know that exclusive breastfeeding is better for baby and better for mom. (More on that here and here.) OK, got it. Exclusive breastfeeding is ideal. “Breast is best” and all that. We’ve heard that song before.

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