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WutheringTights Fri 01-Feb-13 18:43:19

The summary of the results from the 2010 UK study are here

Relevant bits pasted below:

The initial breastfeeding rate increased from 76% in 2005 to 81% in 2010 in the UK. This includes all babies who were put to the breast at all, even if this was on one occasion only, and also includes giving expressed breastmilk.

The highest incidences of breastfeeding were found among mothers aged 30 or over (87%), those from minority ethnic groups (97% for Chinese or other ethnic group, 96% for Black and 95% for Asian ethnic group), those who left education aged over 18 (91%), those in managerial and professional occupations (90%) and those living in the least deprived areas (89%).

The prevalence of breastfeeding fell from 81% at birth to 69% at one week, and to 55% at six weeks. At six months, just over a third of mothers (34%) were still breastfeeding.

Mothers continued to breastfeed for longer in 2010 than was the case in 2005. The gap in breastfeeding levels at birth between 2005 and 2010 was five percentage points (76% in 2005 compared with 81% in 2010) and by six months the gap became nine percentage points (25% in 2005 compared to 34% in 2010). This suggests that policy developments to improve support and information provided to mothers to encourage them to continue breastfeeding may have had an impact.

Across the UK, 69% of mothers were exclusively breastfeeding at birth in 2010. At one week, less than half of all mothers (46%) were exclusively breastfeeding, while this had fallen to around a quarter (23%) by six weeks. By six months, levels of exclusive breastfeeding had decreased to one per cent, indicating that very few mothers were following the UK health departments’ recommendation that babies should be exclusively breastfed until around the age of six months.

There has been an increase in the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding at birth (from 65% in 2005 to 69% in 2010), but there has been little change thereafter up until six weeks. However, the fall-out rate in later months was lower in 2010 than 2005. For example, at three months, 17% of mothers were still reastfeeding exclusively (up from 13% in 2005) and at four months, 12% were still breastfeeding exclusively (up from 7% in 2005).

issimma Thu 31-Jan-13 18:32:22

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tiktok Thu 31-Jan-13 18:31:11

I suppose issima meant ebf at 12 mths = only breastmilk as milk.

There are no stats for ebf at 12 mths for no solids (that I'm aware of).

duchesse Thu 31-Jan-13 18:28:05

issima, the HVs collect the early information (so I think it must be available somehwere) but I did notice that mine stopped asking at 6 m with DD3.

duchesse Thu 31-Jan-13 18:26:51

DS was EBF (nothing but breast milk) until 5.5 m 19 years ago.
DD1 was EBF for 6 m (17 years ago)
DD2 was EBF for 9 m (due to utter refusal to eat anybloodything)
DD3 was EBF for 11 10 m (same reason as DD2)

Was I just getting lazier? I think so.

gemma4d Thu 31-Jan-13 18:20:44

EBF confuses me. Exclusively breast fed with no formula, or with no other food/nutrition at all, or even no formula/cowsmilk/other milk?

Locally we have terrible EBF rates. But I am part of that statistic: I have 2 children who were NOT exclusively breast fed to 6 months, because I started weaning both at 5.5 months. Never mind that I have breast fed both until almost 2 years old.

issimma Thu 31-Jan-13 18:03:57

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tiktok Thu 31-Jan-13 16:32:07

Are you meaning individually, or what the stats say, issima?

Stats are on the web - look up UK Infant Feeding survey.

iwillsleepagainsomeday Thu 31-Jan-13 16:29:04

Dc1 19 months
Dc2 24 months
Dc3 5 weeks and going strong

WheresMyCow Thu 31-Jan-13 16:26:37

My DS was ebf until he was 6 months old when I started weaning. He was still having more breastmilk than food until I went back to work at 9 months when he dropped down to 3 feeds. He dropped the night feed at about 12 months, then dropped to just a feed in the morning when he was 14 months. he carried on with this until his 2nd birthday when we were both ready to stop.

issimma Thu 31-Jan-13 15:17:35

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