Press release

Indicators on breastfeeding

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Data on breastfeeding, quarter ending September 2012.

Indicators on breastfeeding

Quarter ending September 2012

The key points from the latest release are:

The breastfeeding initiation rate was 73.9% in 2012/13 Quarter 2, which is the just less than the annual percentage for 2011/12 (74.1%) 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 in 2012/13 Quarter 2 was 47.4% of infants due a 6-8 week check, slightly less than the figure of 47.6% recorded in 2011/12 Q2.  Comparisons are made with the same quarter in preceding years due to seasonality.

Full tables are available here.