Breastfeeding is feeding a child human breast milk. This indicator is a count of the number of births where the mother initiated breastfeeding. It is based on data from the the birth certificate and may be expressed as a percentage of births.
Breastfeeding provides unmatched health benefits for babies and mothers. It is the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition, with breast milk uniquely tailored to meet the health needs of a growing baby.
In 2021, in Alachua County, the percent of total births that were Mothers Who Initiate Breastfeeding (All) was 86.4 compared to Florida at 84.9. Since the oldest age of the mother at birth varies, an ending age of 999 is used to retrieve all records up to and including the oldest age.
Alachua County is in the fourth quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the situation occurs less often in about three quarters of the counties than in Alachua County. The map illustrates county data by quartile. It is shown when there are at least 51 counties with data for this measure.Links: Healthy People 2030|More Health Resources
Mothers Who Initiate Breastfeeding, Percent of Total Births, 2021
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Mothers Who Initiate Breastfeeding, Single Year