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Eighty-three percent of Arizona babies have breastfed, beating the national average, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports. The CDC says the national average was 77 percent.

The news was welcomed by Randi Kreifels, breastfeeding coordinator for the Arizona Department of Health Services.

“We’re just absolutely over the moon that our most fragile citizens here in Arizona, our babies, are just getting a great start in life and we’ve worked really hard at the department of health services to for the last few years to make sure that is happening," Kreifels said.

The health department’s education and outreach programs are helping to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding, she said.

The report also found the percentage of U.S. babies who are exclusively breastfed until three months of age has risen by 10 percentage points in the past five years.

Read the report here.