I keep reading about breastfeeding and wondering where "they" get the data from. Especially for the percentage of mothers who breastfeed and how long babies are nursed for.
Ive neve been asked anything about feeding my son. Lol.
With dd2 I was called every few months by my hospital. They asked if I was still breastfeeding, when I introduced solids, and whether I had used the services of a lactation counselor. They also asked if I gave other beverages. The calls stopped at a year, and I was bummed because I wasn't anywhere near done nursing.
Nobody called to see how I was doing with dd1
Historically breastfeeding statistics have come from Ross Laboratories, one of the companies that makes formula. This would seem strange that we would believe a formula company but this is one thing they seemed to do right. They kept data on large numbers of women. The CDC and other government agencies have been keeping some data on initiation and breastfeeding at time of discharge from the hospital. This information can be obtained from records without contacting mothers. Here is some info about statistics from www.kellymom.com