Why this is important: Breastfeeding offers many benefits. Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. Infants who are breastfed are less likely to become overweight or obese children or adolescents when compared to infants who were only bottle-fed.
Definition: Percent of births where the mother initiated breastfeeding.
Data Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Birth Certificates. Calculations and presentation of data by Spokane Regional Health District, Data Center. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics System.