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.