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Percentage of Mothers Who Initiated Breastfeeding by County, New Mexico, Non-standard Period

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Why Is This Important?

Breastfeeding provides a variety of important benefits for infants, mothers, families, society, and environment. It is the normal, preferred feeding for all infants, including premature and sick babies, with rare exceptions (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1997). Breast milk benefits the newborn infant by providing the ideal balance of nutrients, enzymes, immunoglobulin, anti-infective and anti-inflammatory substances, hormones, and growth factors. Breastfeeding helps the mother return to the physiologic pre-pregnant state. It benefits both mother and child by providing a time of intense, nurturing, maternal-infant interaction. In addition, breastfeeding provides social and economic benefits to the family, including reduced health care costs and reduced employee absenteeism for care related to children's illnesses.

Percentage of Mothers Who Initiated Breastfeeding by County, New Mexico, Non-standard Period


The percentage of mothers who ever breastfed and were breastfeeding exclusively at two months. Data for combined years, 1997-2010. The following county estimates were combined due to small number of surveys: Colfax and Union; Catron and Sierra; De Baca, Harding and Quay; Guadelupe and San Miguel.

Data Notes

Data for combined years 1997-2010. U.S. value is 2008 median value for 29 participating states. Question wording: Did you ever breastfeed or pump breast milk to feed your new baby after delivery? How many weeks or months did you breastfeed or pump milk to feed your baby? How old was your new baby the first time you fed him or her anything besides breast milk?

Data Sources

  • U.S. Data Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PRAMStat
  • New Mexico Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, Family Health Bureau, New Mexico Department of Health.

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:The number of PRAMS survey respondents who indicated they were breastfeeding at each of the two time periods.
Denominator:The total number of women in the PRAMS survey sample.

Health Topic Pages Related to: Breastfeeding in Early Postpartum Period

Community Health Resources and Links

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

Indicator Data Last Updated On 05/25/2012, Published on 02/17/2020
Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System, Family Health Bureau, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, Santa Fe, NM. Telephone: (505) 476-8938 Email: