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10 Surprising Facts About Babies in America (INFOGRAPH)

by Amy Boshnack on January 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

There's no arguing that we love babies in this country -- but you might be surprised at how much we love them. According to the CDC almost 4 million little mushes were born in America in just one year! 3,999,386 to be exact. That's a whole lotta baby loving. And really ... who can blame us? Still, that's not even the most surprising stat rounded up below.

The thing that caught me most off guard is probably how few of those babies were born at home -- 29,650. I chose hospital births for my kids but I really thought more people opted for home births these days. Or maybe it's how many babies are breastfed -- 76.9%. That's actually a lot higher than I thought it would be -- which is all sorts of awesome.

Check out the infograph below and let me know which fact surprises you the most!

Research compiled by Emily Abbate

Filed Under: baby development, breastfeeding, newborns, c-sections, delivery, homebirth, twins & multiples, autism


  • Angie...


    January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    I like this! Pretty interesting stuff.

  • fleur...


    January 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM
    I'm surprised that 25 is the average age for first time moms. That seems young. U would've thought it was closer to 30 or so.
  • Marie
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    January 14, 2013 at 10:34 PM
    I was 25 when I had my son and he still breastfeeds (in the morning) at 21 months. Interesting facts!
  • NewMo...


    January 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM
    I kind of wish I were closer to 25 than 30 as a first time mom. I feel like pregnancy would've been easier at 25!
  • Maias...


    January 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM
    Good info!!
  • Mrs.S...


    January 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Neat! Breastfeeding was alot lower when I was pregnant with my first 4 years ago! I think that fb and other forms of media has helped make breastfeeding a hotter topic. In turn made it more talked about and researched! I would say the movement is working!!!!!!!! yay!

  • zombi...


    January 15, 2013 at 1:01 AM
    Love this! Having my third and final baby on Friday :) And I can vouch that being pregnant at 32 versus 25 was definitely different , to say the least...
  • dana
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    January 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM
    The patents age 15 surprised me. The breastfeeding numbers didn't surprise me becausei couldn't care in the slightest what other people do with their children. I breastfed mine, but don't brag. I would want people to give me the same courtesy of leaving me alone to do with my children what I please.
  • sunmo...


    January 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM
    No one cares that you don't care, if you care so little just move along. I find the increasing breasgeeding rates(and pretty much all of it) interesting and I'm glad to have this information available. It has nothing to do with allowing or disallowing the mothers the courtesy to do what they please. That doesn't even make sense.
  • Mama2...


    January 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    The autism rate is interesting. Seems awfully high. Makes me wonder if it's being overdiagnosed, the way ADD, ADHD is/was. Just throwing a thought out there.

    As to the age, I was 23 when I had my first child and 25 with my second. I'll be 29, most likey, with my third. I think there's a general trend with people getting married and starting their families sooner. I read that somewhere.

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