Pennsylvania benefits from having four data sources about the incidence and prevalence of breastfeeding. Each source has both strengths and limitations to its value.
We encourage you to read through the different source descriptions and use and share the data that best meets your needs; whether you want to compare the breastfeeding rates in your county to those statewide, to determine a trend over time, or to give background rationale for a program or staffing change you are contemplating. We hope that you will find the information useful in your decision-making, project management, forecasting and/or planning.
This webpage will be updated as the data becomes available. Check back regularly.
Select from the topics below for breastfeeding statistics, maps and other information.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its 2013 Breastfeeding Report Card. The Report Card provides state-by-state data so that health professionals, legislators, employers, business owners, community advocates and family members can work together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. The Report Card indicators measure types of support in key community settings as well as the most current data on the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2020.
In 2007, 2009 and again in 2011, the CDC conducted a national survey of maternity care practices related to breastfeeding, known as the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey to all facilities in the U.S. and territories that routinely provide this care. Scores were categorized into one of seven maternity care practice domains: labor and delivery; feeding of breastfed infants; breastfeeding assistance; mother/infant contact; discharge care; staff training; and structural and organizational aspects. View Pennsylvania specific reports for 2007, 2009 and 2011.
A powerpoint presentation on some interesting statistics from Pennsylvania are available for you to use. You may incorporate any of the slides in presentations. View PA Statistics.