More Thoughts on the Infant Feeding Survey 2010

The Infant Feeding Survey 2010 came out last week and has been discussed in the media and in other places (see also my previous blog post). The survey is completed every five years and “the main aim of the survey was to provide estimates on the incidence, prevalence, and duration of breastfeeding and other feeding practices adopted by mothers in the first eight to ten months after their baby was born.” Over 10,000 mothers were surveyed when their babies were between certain ages. Overall, the survey showed that mothers are continuing to breastfeed for longer and more mothers starting breastfeeding. Breastfeeding initiation was higher for mothers and babies that shared skin-to-skin contact after the baby was born. It was reported that only 1 in 100 babies are still exclusively breastfed at six months as per government recommendations.

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