National State Health Ranking, Compared
with Percentage of Mothers Breastfeeding and Duration



2009 RANK STATE % ever breastfed % breastfed
at 6 months
% breastfed at 12 months % exclusively breastfed at 3 months %exclusively breastfed at 6 months
1 Vermont 80.1 59.5 38.4 49.2 23.5
2 Utah 92.8 69.5 33.9 50.8 24
3 Massachusetts 78.2 44.7 24.5 39 13.5
4 Hawaii 88.2 56.3 35 44.9 22.4
5 New Hampshire 78.4 55.1 30.5 42.6 20.6
6 Minnesota 79.9 51.6 24.7 39.8 15
7 Connecticut 74.9 41.9 23.3 35.1 14.4
8 Colorado 82.5 59.5 30.5 49.2 22.6
9 Maine 75 45.7 26 38.7 18.1
10 Rhode Island 75.4 40.4 19.8 31.8 8.7
11 Washington 86.4 58 35 48.8 25.3
12 Wisconsin 75.5 48.6 25.9 45.2 16.8
13 Oregon 91.4 63 37 56.6 20.8
14 Idaho 79.8 55.1 25.3 46.7 17.7
15 Iowa 68.1 33.2 15.8 32.3 10.6
16 Nebraska 76.8 46.2 22.6 31.7 11.9
17 North Dakota 71.1 37.6 20.6 33.7 11.1
18 New Jersey 81.4 53 27.4 29.7 13.2
19 Wyoming 84.2 50.8 26.7 46.2 16.8
20 South Dakota 76.8 47.5 22.1 36.5 17.6
21 Maryland 76.4 43.3 25.4 28.5 10.1
21 Virginia 79.7 48.3 25.8 38.7 18.8
23 California 84.7 53 31.1 42.4 18.6
24 Kansas 78.1 43.8 23.6 36 16.8
25 New York 76.4 49.4 28.9 24.9 9.6
26 Montana 82.7 56.8 30.6 40.8 20.5
27 Arizona 76.5 45.3 22.3 29.7 11.9
28 Pennsylvania 67.6 35.8 19.4 29.3 10.1
29 Illinois 69.5 38.7 15.9 28.5 11.9
30 Michigan 64.8 31.2 14.4 23.5 10.7
31 New Mexico 72.6 42.2 25.7 33.2 14
32 Delaware 66.7 32.8 15.4 28.1 7.5
33 Ohio 58.5 29.7 12 22.4 9.1
34 Alaska 88.5 48.9 26.2 45.5 16.9
35 Indiana 71.1 37.2 18.9 28.9 10.6
36 Florida 75.7 37.2 18.2 30.7 11.9
37 North Carolina 66.9 36.7 18.9 30.2 13.1
38 Missouri 65.3 33.1 14.9 24.8 8.5
39 Texas 78.2 48.7 25.3 34.2 14.2
40 Arkansas 61.5 26.9 10.6 23.6 6.3
41 Kentucky 53.6 28.9 15.8 27.2 9.4
42 West Virginia 58.8 27.2 12.6 21.3 8.4
43 Georgia 62.5 36.4 18.1 28 14.8
44 Tennessee 58.8 37.9 14.8 28.2 12.8
45 Nevada 79.3 45.3 22.5 31.8 9.7
46 South Carolina 61.3 30.4 13.9 25.5 9.6
47 Louisiana 49.1 20.7 9.9 17.8 5
48 Alabama 58.8 26.6 11.4 24.2 6.3
49 Oklahoma 65.6 27.4 12.4 30.6 8.4
50 Mississippi 48.3 20.1 8.7 16.8 4.6