ATLANTA – A new study confirms that Hispanic women generally breast-feed more than white and black women do. But it finds surprising regional differences in U.S. breast-feeding rates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its did first state-by-state analysis of racial and ethnic differences. It found that Hispanics in the East breast-feed the most. But in some Western states, white women had higher rates.
A leading theory for the difference is that the longer Hispanic immigrants are in the United States, the more they turn to infant formula. Health experts recommend breast-feeding for the health of the baby.