The latest breastfeeding rates are now available from the CDC’s National Immunization Survey (NIS) and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS).
The most recent NIS data indicate that breastfeeding initiation rates in Louisiana continue to rise from 67.0% to 70.1% among babies born in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Rates for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding also increased from 20.6% to 24.9%, among babies born in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The NIS uses random-digit dialing to survey US households with children and teens. It is used to monitor breastfeeding rates at both national and state levels by birth year.
According to Louisiana PRAMS data, breastfeeding initiation increased from 69.2% to 73.3% among Louisiana women in 2017 and 2018, respectively. PRAMS is a surveillance project of the CDC and state health departments which collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Louisiana PRAMS data are weighted to be reflective of all Louisiana moms delivering a live-born singleton, twin or triplet in Louisiana.
There are 17 birthing facilities in Louisiana that are both Gift and Baby-Friendly designated, representing 54.2% of births and 20 additional Gift designated facilities representing 37.3% of births. In 2013, none of Louisiana’s 52 birthing facilities were designated as Baby-Friendly. Now, 54.5% (2018 preliminary data, LA Medicaid/Vital Records Birth Dataset) of Louisiana births take place in Baby-Friendly birthing facilities. When hospitals put the Baby-Friendly Initiative’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding practices in place, they are setting families up for success in breastfeeding and infant care. For a list of Gift and Baby-Friendly designated facilities, click here.Back to News