Press release

Indicators on breastfeeding

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health.

Quarter ending June 2012

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The breastfeeding initiation rate was 74.0% in 2012/13 Quarter 1, which is the same as the annual percentage for 2011/12 and slightly higher than 2010/11 (73.7% ), 2009/10 (72.8%) and 2008/09 (71.7%).
  • The prevalence of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks in 2012/13 Quarter 1 was 46.9% of all infants due a 6-8 weeks check, which is slightly higher than the figure of 46.3% recorded in 2011/12 Q1.  Comparisons are made with the same quarter in preceding years due to seasonality.

Full tables are available on the Department of Health website