Ross Labs breastfeeding statistics

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Trivia

Until relatively recently, ironically enough, the primary source for statistical information on breastfeeding rates for the United States was Ross Labs (Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories), one of the major infant formula manufacturers. This used to be essentially the only source for breastfeeding statistics – now we have good data on US breastfeeding rates from the CDC. Click here for more on US and worldwide breastfeeding rates.

Ross only collects information for babies up to 12 months old, since that is their primary sales market.

Ross Labs data & graph (1970-2003)

According to information published by Ross Labs (Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories)…

From 1955 to 1971, there was a progressive decline in breastfeeding, followed by a resurgence in its incidence and duration through 1982.

Following is information that has been reported by Ross. Keep in mind that the rates here, unless othewise noted, are for any breastfeeding, rather than exclusive breastfeeding.

 

Breastfeeding Rates in the U.S. per Ross Labs

In Hospital (%) At 6 mo (%) At 12 mo (%)

1970 26.5
1971 24.7 5.4
1972 28.1 5.0
1973 28.9 7.5
1974 32.2 6.5
1975 35.5 14.1
1976 41.6 17.0
1977 44.7 19.6
1978 46.6 18.9
1979 51.0 21.3
1980 55.3 23.2
1981 57.6 25.1
1982 61.9 27.1
1983 58.4 23.3
1984 59.7 23.8
1985 58.0 22.1
1986 56.9 21.6
1987 55.5 20.2
1988 54.3 19.5
1989 52.2 18.1
1990 51.5 17.6
1991 53.3 18.2
1992 54.2 18.9
1993 55.9 19.0
1994 57.4 19.7
1995 59.7 21.6
1996 59.2 21.7
1997 62.4 26.0 14.5
1998 64.3 28.6 16
1999 67.2
46.3

30.7
15.8


8.4
2000 68.4
46.0

31.4
16.0

17.6
9.6

2001 69.5
46.3

32.5
17.2


10.4
2002 70.1
46.1

33.2
17.4

19.7
11.0

2003 66
44

32.8
17.9

19.4
10.4

Goal for 2010
(USA)
75.0 50.0 25.0

= any breastfeeding
= exclusive breastfeeding
– = data not available

Sources:

Mothers Survey, Ross Products Division of Abbott.  Breastfeeding Trends – 2003.

Mothers Survey, Ross Products Division of Abbott.  PDF Breastfeeding Trends – 2002.

Mothers Survey, Ross Products Division of Abbott.  PDF Breastfeeding Trends Through 2000.

Ryan AS, The Resurgence of Breastfeeding in the United States. Pediatrics. 1997; 99(4): p. e12

Ryan AS, Rush D, Krieger FW Recent declines in breast-feeding in the United States, 1984 through 1989. Pediatrics. 1991; 88:719-727

Mothers Survey, Ross Products Division of Abbott, 1997-2000.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PDF HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, 2000.

Ryan AS, Wenjun Z, Acosta A. Breastfeeding Continues to Increase Into the New Millennium. Pediatrics Vol. 110 No. 6 December 2002, pp. 1103-1109. News Story

 

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