The US Centers for Disease Control has reported that around 77% of women are breastfeeding their babies, at least for awhile.
The percentage of black infants who were ever breast-fed rose most dramatically, to 65 percent. Only 36 percent were ever breast-fed in 1993-1994, the new study found.
For whites, the figure rose to 79 percent, from 62 percent. For Mexican-Americans, it increased to 80 percent, from 67 percent.
The study found that the more educated and well-off a woman was, the more likely that she breastfed her baby, and that breastfeeding rates have been increasing since the early 1990s.