The CDC released the 2018 Breastfeeding Report CardHighlights for Kansas include:

  • Kansas is one of only four states to exceed national averages and Healthy People 2020 goals in four core measures: any breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding at 3 & 6 months and any breastfeeding at 12 months. Kansas also improved in each of these measures over last year.
  • Kansas formula supplementation rates in the first two days of life continue to decline and are well below the national average of (13.5%  Kansas vs. 17.2% U.S.).
  • Kansas is one of only 12 states to exceed 40 percent of births occurring in baby-friendly hospitals (Kansas is 41.1% respectively, far exceeding the national average of 27.6%). The expected percentage of babies born in baby-friendly hospitals in Kansas is expected to climb to over 50 percent within the next two years. This is a dramatic increase from zero percent only three years ago.