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From 2000 to 2008, breastfeeding initiation increased overall from 70.3% to 74.6%. Initiation increased from 71.8% to 75.2% among whites (p<0.01) and from 47.4% to 58.9% among blacks (p<0.01), but remained unchanged among Hispanics (77.6% to 80.0%, p=0.2). Breastfeeding duration at 6 months increased overall from 34.5% to 44.4%. Duration at 6 months increased from 38.2% to 46.6% among whites, 16.9% to 30.1% among blacks, and 34.6% to 45.2% among Hispanics (all p<0.01). Breastfeeding duration at 12 months increased overall from 16.0% to 23.4%. Duration at 12 months increased from 17.1% to 24.3% among whites (p<0.01), 6.3% to 12.5% among blacks (p<0.01), and 18.2% to 26.3% among Hispanics (p<0.01).
For each of the 2000–2008 birth years, breastfeeding initiation and duration prevalences were significantly lower among black infants compared with white and Hispanic infants. However, the gap between black and white breastfeeding initiation narrowed from 24.4 percentage points in 2000 to 16.3 percentage points in 2008.
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