Official Statistics

Statistical release: breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks - Quarter 4, 2009-10

The breastfeeding initiation rate in England was 72.7% in 2009-10, which is slightly higher than 2008-09 (71.7%) and 2007/08 (69.9%).

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Sstatistics on the initiation and prevalence of breastfeeding, quarter 4, 2009-10 - file amended 18 August 2010

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The prevalence of breastfeeding in England at 6-8 weeks at 2009-10 Quarter 4 was 45.2% of infants due a 6-8 week check; and 48.2% of those infants whose breastfeeding status was known.  The improvement in data coverage that has been achieved since data collection began has affected the comparability of these prevalence estimates over time.  When this effect is taken into account, there is no statistically significant change in real prevalence over the period of collection.