Just read an interesting article about how the U.S. is really making the effort to ensure that babies are not only breastfed, but that they breastfeed for longer. The recommended length of breastfeeding is 12 months for each baby. Last year, 75% of all newborns started life at the breast. By 6 months, only 43% still nursed, and by 12 months, only 22%. In Oregon, 40% of babies still nurse at their first birthday. We know that breastfeeding is important in the prevention of asthma, diabetes, and childhood leukemia. If you want to read the full article click here.