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Trends in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration by Birth Weight Among US Children, 1999-2012

Kirsten A. Herrick, PhD, MSc1; Lauren M. Rossen, PhD, MS2; Brian K. Kit, MD, MPH1; Chia-Yih Wang, PhD1; Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD, MRP1
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1Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland
2Infant, Child, and Women’s Health Statistics Branch, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(8):805-807. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0820.
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This study reports on the secular trends of breastfeeding initiation and duration by birth weight using nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

In the United States, breastfeeding initiation rates have risen to 80%.1 We report secular trends of breastfeeding initiation and duration by birth weight using nationally representative data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

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Kaplan-Meier Curves for Duration of Breastfeeding by Birth Weight

Data derived from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,2 birth cohort 2009-2012. Estimates derived from PROC KAPLANMEIER and plotted using LOESS. The number at risk is calculated from unweighted data and is therefore not directly comparable with the smoothed LOESS values in the plot.

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