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