Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Colorado ranks No. 1 in breastfeeding during baby’s first six months

Colorado ranks first in the nation for mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of their lives, according to a nationwide breastfeeding report card released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than one in four (26.6 percent) Colorado infants received only breast milk during those formative months, making them far less likely to develop health problems such as infections, asthma and childhood obesity.

“Breastfeeding is one of our best protections against childhood obesity,” said Dr. Chris Urbina, executive director and chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “And yet, while we’ve made significant progress in Colorado, nearly three of every four Colorado mothers are not taking full advantage of the health benefits of mother’s milk.”

While Colorado is the leanest state in the nation for adults, the state ranks 29th in childhood obesity. One in five Colorado adults and one in seven Colorado kids are obese. The department has identified obesity as one of Colorado’s 10 Winnable Battles and has begun working with public and private partners statewide on proven strategies to reduce the impact of obesity on public health.

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