In 2012, 51 percent of Minnesota mothers breastfed for the first eight weeks of their babies’ lives.
Between 2009 and 2012 the percentage of mothers who breastfed to eight weeks increased. However, during this time less than one in three mothers of color or American Indian mothers breastfed to eight weeks. Observable differences in breastfeeding rates can also be seen between mothers who are high income, low income, or in poverty. These disparities could contribute to the observed achievement gap in later academic outcomes.
This document (.xlsx) provides the indicator data in table format.