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Research Letter
August 2016

Trends in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration by Birth Weight Among US Children, 1999-2012

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland
  • 2Infant, Child, and Women’s Health Statistics Branch, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(8):805-807. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0820

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.

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