Roughly half of the women in the new study said before they delivered they planned to breast-feed exclusively for at least three months, the CDC researchers report Monday in Pediatrics. But only a third of those women actually achieved their goal.
"The one that shocks me is the fact that 42 percent stopped in the first month," lead author Cria Perrine, an epidemiologist in the CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, tells msnbc.com. And about a third of those women had abandoned plans to exclusively breast-feed by the time they took their baby home from the hospital.
"To me, this isn't about the individual women," Perrine says. "This to me says we as a society are not supporting mothers to feed their infants the way they want to."
Image: Breastfeeding mom, via Shutterstock.