The following statistics were released today by the Department of Health:
Indicators on breastfeeding - quarter ending March 2012
The key points from the latest release are:
- The breastfeeding initiation rate was 74.0% in 2011/12, a slight improvement on 2010/11 (73.7% ), 2009/10 (72.8%) and 2008/09 (71.7%).
- The prevalence of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks in 2011/12 Quarter 4 was 46.9% of all infants due a 6-8 weeks check, slightly higher than the figure of 45.3% recorded in 2010/11 Q4. Comparisons are made with the same quarter in preceding years due to seasonality