*Although the tremendous benefits of breast feeding a baby have been widely publicized for nearly 20 years, new African American mothers appear not to be getting the message.

A just released state-by-state analysis shows that Black women lag considered behind both Hispanic and white women when it comes to breast feeding.

The analysis was made public by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and it shows that 54 percent of African American women attempt to breast-feed their babies. However, this percentage contrasts with 80 percent of Hispanic women and 74 percent of white women.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breast-fed for six months. Breast-feeding has major health benefits for babies including warding off infections and helping prevent the development of asthma. The CDC findings were based on telephone interviews with nearly 100,000 mothers of children born between 2003 and 2006.

The report was unclear on why Black women are less likely than other women to breast-feed. (source: Taylor Media Services)