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CHARTS Community Spotlight Broward County - Working to Improve Breastfeeding Rates

Breastfeeding may protect babies from a long list of illnesses, allergies, and reduce the risk of obesity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months. For mothers, breastfeeding could reduce the risk of postpartum depression and certain types of cancer.
In Broward County breastfeeding rates are lowest among low-income households and mothers who are women o f color, particularly those living in the Broward zip code 33311.DOH-Broward is working with community partners to improve breastfeeding rates for this population by launching the 33311 WIC Project.

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  • In Florida, 84.2% of all babies born in 2014 were breastfed initially.
  • Hispanic mothers were the most likely to breastfed their babies in 2014 (89.9%).
  • Mothers with a college degree had a higher rate of breastfeeding than those without a college degree.
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Did You Know?

  • CHARTS has more than 15 PROFILE reports. PROFILE reports provide a one-stop-list of health statistics by county.
  • Florida’s Behavioral Risk Factor Data is part of a national health survey. Every three years, county level data is available.
  • You can get zip code and census tract data in CHARTS’ Data Queries.
  • Certain communicable diseases are reported nationally so that they can be stopped before they become widespread.
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