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Breastfeeding initiation and duration in Alaska

Breastfeeding initiation and duration

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definition and Source

PROVIDER

Definition

The percentages of infants who were
(1) ever breastfed
(2) breastfed at 6 months
(3) breastfed at 12 months

Questions 2001-2003:
(1) Was [child] ever breastfed or fed breast milk?
(2) How long was [child] breastfed or fed breast milk?
Questions 2004-2005:
(1) Was [child] ever breastfed or fed breast milk?
(2) How long was [child] breastfed or fed breast milk?
Questions 2006-present:
(1) Was [child] ever breastfed or fed breast milk?
(2) How old was [child’s name] when [child’s name] completely stopped breastfeeding or being fed breast milk?

Data Source

National Immunization Survey-Child, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2000-2019
https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/nis_data/results.html

NIS uses random-digit dialing to survey US households with children and teens. 
Since July 2001, breastfeeding questions have been asked on the NIS and are used to monitor breastfeeding rates at both national and state levels by birth year. All respondents with children aged 19 to 35 months are asked the breastfeeding questions.

Notes

Breastfeeding data is reported by child's birth year rather than survey year. 

Last Updated

March 2023