Press release

Statistical press notice: Breastfeeding and Smoking

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

Data shows slight increase in the breastfeeding initiation rate.

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

Indicators on breastfeeding and smoking

Quarter ending June 2011

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The breastfeeding initiation rate was 74.3 in 2011/12 Quarter 1, 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 1 was 45.6% of all infants due a 6-8 weeks check, largely unchanged from the figure of 45.4% recorded in 2010/11 Q1.
  • The percentage of mothers smoking at delivery in England was 13.2% in 2011/12 Quarter 1, lower than the 2010/11 outturn (13.5%), 2009/10 outturn (14.1%) and 2008/09 outturn (14.4%).

Full tables on breastfeeding and smoking can be found on the Department for Health website.