Press release

Indicators on breastfeeding and smoking – Quarter ending September 2011

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

Quarterly breastfeeding data were released today by the Department of Health

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

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The breastfeeding initiation rate was 74.1% in 2011/12 Quarter 2, a slight improvement on 2010/11 outturn (73.7% ), 2009/10 outturn (72.7%) and 2008/09 outturn (71.7%).
  • The prevalence of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks in 2011/12 Quarter 2 was 47.1% of all infants due a 6-8 weeks check, slightly higher than the figure of 46.5% recorded in 2010/11 Q2.
  • The percentage of mothers smoking at delivery in England was 13.1% in 2011/12 Quarter 2, lower than the 2010/11 outturn (13.5%), 2009/10 outturn (14.1%) and 2008/09 outturn (14.4%).

Full tables are available via the Department of Health Website.