Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Class Gap in Breastfeeding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new study on who breastfeeds.

Mom has high school diploma or GED:
starts breastfeeding 65.2%;
still at it at 1 year 19.9%

Mom has college degree:
starts breastfeeding 85.4%;
still at it at 1 year 28.6%

3 comments:

Katie said...

Did you see that providing a room for nursing mothers is part of the new health care law?: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/04/09/breast.feeding.society/index.html?hpt=C2

Hopefully, this will bring up the numbers in both categories, but I think it's very possible that it will impact the high school set the most. I suspect that many of the college-grad moms work for employers who already accommodate nursing mothers.

Diane M said...

I think this is probably related to the marriage gap. Breastfeeding is hard work and the support of a husband in any way makes it more likely and easier to do.

gruntled said...

Agreed, Diane. Especially since single mothers are more likely to try to work when they have infants (out of necessity) that they have less margin for breastfeeding.