Most new moms don't meet breastfeeding goals

June 4, 2012 2:53:32 PM PDT
Most new moms don't meet their own breastfeeding goals, according to a new report by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Scientists surveyed almost 1,800 new moms. The majority said they planned to breastfeed for three months or more, but only 32 percent actually met their goals. Of those women, many stopped breastfeeding after one month, and about 15 percent stopped before even leaving the hospital.

Scientists say mothers who started to breastfeed their babies within a hour after delivery and those whose babies were not given formula or pacifiers in the hospital were more likely to breastfeed for the time they intended.