In the United States, breastfeeding initiation rates have risen to 80%.1 We report secular trends of breastfeeding initiation and duration by birth weight using nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
The NHANES is a complex, stratified, multistage probability sample of the US civilian noninstitutionalized population, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The NHANES was approved by the National Center for Health Statistics Research Ethics Review Board.
Herrick KA, Rossen LM, Kit BK, Wang C, Ogden CL. Trends in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration by Birth Weight Among US Children, 1999-2012. JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(8):805-807. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0820