Breast-feeding initiation in New York City, 1979 to 1996

Kenneth D. Rosenberg, Claire McMurtrie, Bonnie D. Kerker, Yingjian Na, Elizabeth H. Graham

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Objectives. The purpose of this study was to explore changes in breast- feeding initiation from 1979 to 1996 among infants born in New York City hospitals. Methods. All New York City hospitals were surveyed every 2 years. Hospital staff reported feeding method at newborn discharge. Results. New York City breast-feeding initiation rates increased consistently from 1979 to 1996 (from 29% to 58%, P < .0001), including 1984 to 1990, when rates decreased nationally. Conclusions. A 1984 New York State regulation requiring each hospital to designate a lactation coordinator may have been associated with the continuing increases in breast-feeding initiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1850-1852
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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