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Indicators on breastfeeding and smoking

16th February 2011

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

Quarter ending December 2010

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The breastfeeding initiation rate was 73.5% in 2010/11 Quarter 3, a slight improvement on 2009/10 (72.7%) and 2008/09 (71.7%).
  • The prevalence of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks in 2010/11 Q3 was 44.9% of all infants due a 6-8 weeks check, which is largely unchanged from the figure of 44.8% recorded in 2009/10 Q3.
  • The percentage of mothers smoking at delivery in England was 13.5% in 2010/11 Quarter 3, lower than the 2009/10 outturn (14.1%) and 2008/09 outturn (14.4%).

Full tables are available via the link below:

Statistical release: Breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks - Quarter 3, 2010/11

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