By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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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."

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Image: Breastfeeding mom, via Shutterstock.

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