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Breastfeeding at highest level

15th May 2007

New figures have shown that the numbers of new mothers breastfeeding when their baby is born stands at its highest level for many years.

The details in the Infant Feeding Survey, published by the Information Centre, suggest that three-quarters of women breastfeed their babies soon after giving birth.

But women from disadvantaged backgrounds and younger mothers are still less likely to choose to breastfeed their baby. To help address this public health minister Caroline Flint has announced a TV advertising campaign to promote the benefits of breastfeeding.


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