Copyright © 2010–2020, Academic Journalism Society. So I had to dig a little deeper to find the answer to my question, which is simply this: I discovered that Save the Children puts out a Breastfeeding Policy Scorecard every year for Developed or Industrialised Countries. But in the U.S., only about half of all children between the ages of 3 and 6 are getting publicly supported child care of any kind, including kindergarten, versus 99 percent of kids that age in France. Paid leave, which typically lasts at least 14 weeks, needs to be designed thoughtfully. And in most wealthy countries, they also have access to affordable child care. Swaziland is also not doing too badly either, at 44%. Interestingly, high-quality early childhood education programs are associated with many excellent outcomes for children from lower-income families: higher graduation rates, along with lower rates of teen pregnancy and juvenile crime. I wouldn’t have minded taking advantage of that when I had my babies. (While many countries reimburse 100% of average earnings or slightly less, particularly for maternity leave, less than 30% of average earnings is reimbursed in other paid leave situations.) This lack of parental leave and child care may explain why the U.S. is no longer a leader in women’s workforce participation. By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. It’s also encouraging to note that Breastfeeding Rates are on the Rise in the US. Fascinating stats, hey? The day after her baby, Eva, was brought home from the hospital, a midwife came to Knoblauch’s home to weigh her, check her cord stump and help Knoblauch with breastfeeding.