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Statistical releases on breastfeeding, smoking and obesity

The Department today published the latest quarterly national statistics on breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks and smoking at delivery.

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

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The Department today published the latest quarterly national statistics on:

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 week 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%).

Published 19 August 2011