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What % of children are bf until their 2nd birthday?

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Winterclause Tue 14-Jan-14 18:41:19

Does anyone know?!

We were having a discussion today and I thought about 10% but my friend thought it was about 1%!

We did google but couldn't find anything specific to the uk!

Llareggub Wed 15-Jan-14 16:03:33

I'm not a niche home educating type at all. My trade marked approach to parenting (haha) is the path of least resistance. I carried on breastfeeding for 7 yrs because it was easier than stopping. It's why I ended up co-sleeping and BLW although I don't think it was called that with DS1.

Mama1980 Wed 15-Jan-14 13:40:45

I know quite a few in my friendship group it's quite common. But it is quite a niche group- mothers who home educate and many are vegan, though I'm not personally.
I EBF both my birth children for 6 months and breastfed my ds1 until 4 1/2 years my youngest by birth is 13 months and I will breast feed him also until he autonomously weans himself.

Edenviolet Wed 15-Jan-14 13:35:44

It's exhausting! Got to the point now where I can't wait for ds2 to stop!

HoratiaDrelincourt Wed 15-Jan-14 12:52:43

Breast milk counts as breastfeeding.

Starballbunny Wed 15-Jan-14 12:41:28

I'd have quite liked DD2 to have kept her promise about giving up when she started school.

However, she decided weekends and holidays didn't count!

She ended up carrying on for many years.

atthestrokeoftwelve Wed 15-Jan-14 12:39:55

Hi - another one here- I continuoulsy breastfed for 7 and a half years without a break over two pregnancies.

Llareggub Wed 15-Jan-14 12:35:38

Hedgehog - I've been continuosly breast feeding for over 7 years and you are the first person I've heard that has done longer! DS2 is nearly 5 and still wants to carry on. I'd personally like him to stop now, but hey ho.

Winterclause Wed 15-Jan-14 12:26:35

Thanks everyone!

kingRollo those kellymom charts are interesting. It says in Australia 9% are still bf at 18months and 5% at 2yo. And in the USA 8% are still bf at 18months.

I would think their stats would be similar to the UK so maybe 5% in the uk still bf at 2yo?!

StealthPolarBear Wed 15-Jan-14 12:23:30

Hmm good question. I understood the definition to be "put baby to breast within 48 hours". But then at 6 to 8 weeks it's "receiving breast milk". Strange.

duchesse Wed 15-Jan-14 12:11:38

Gosh, if "at birth" means first feed, where does that leave DD3 who was fed exclusively on expressed milk through a NG tube for the first week of her life? Would she be recorded as bf?

Rooners Wed 15-Jan-14 12:09:31

I don't know. Fair amount anecdotally, mainly at night, funnily enough many of the more 'baby led'? or maybe 'natural parenting' mothers I know (I mean those who consider breastfeeding very important, sorry, I can't think of a way to describe it) work in the university sector and are back at work fairly quickly, so are only able to do it at night really.

That's just where we live.

I fed my first to 16mo, second to 4 and a half, and third is only just one and still bf.

duchesse Wed 15-Jan-14 12:09:24

In fact now I think about it my HV didn't ask me any more once DD reached the age of 6 months, so I doubt there are any accurate figures.

duchesse Wed 15-Jan-14 12:08:23

Not very many. I know a fair few but that's more to do with the people I hung/hang around with (NCT/ Steiner types) rather than representative of the country at large.

atthestrokeoftwelve Wed 15-Jan-14 11:57:48

I gave up telling people in the end- even my HV and GP. Most of my close family thought I was weird. Only my OH and LLL friends knew.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Wed 15-Jan-14 11:51:27

I think it's difficult to gain an accurate answer because some people think to be still bf after 12 months is weird.
This really annoys me. I'm am more annoyed at lying to people saying I only feed at night to avoid scorn. My ds is 10 months and showing no signs of giving up.

KingRollo Wed 15-Jan-14 07:24:25

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tiktok Tue 14-Jan-14 22:43:46

There are no UK-wide figures for post 9 mths. UK infant feeding survey done every 5 years collects up to 9 mths (iirc). The survey is not everyone in the UK - it is a sample of about 9000 mothers.

There are locally-collected figures in England and they may be done in different ways - they may use a return form from the red book or some other method. They may not actually collect data from each and every individual mother. The survey may be done on a sampling.

Just because you haven't been asked personally does not mean no one is collecting data.

JanePurdy Tue 14-Jan-14 22:18:09

lilyaldrin they managed to record vaccinations my DD hadn't yet had complete with false dates confused

lilyaldrin Tue 14-Jan-14 22:15:18

I've also never been asked at vaccinations, and his last vaccination (pre-school boosters) they didn't even write in the red book hmm

JanePurdy Tue 14-Jan-14 22:14:17

Barbeasty I've never been asked at vaccinations although the boxes are there. So I've breastfed two babies past the age of 2 & nobody knows. I know quite a few people who have fed over 2 years though.

lilyaldrin Tue 14-Jan-14 22:13:37

Agree with you Horatia - 34% of babies are breastfed at 6 months, which paints a very different picture to the 1% that EBF!

HoratiaDrelincourt Tue 14-Jan-14 22:09:28

Barbeasty we have that box too. They don't bother asking.

StealthPolarBear Tue 14-Jan-14 21:36:07

At birth is feed within 48h

Starballbunny Tue 14-Jan-14 21:36:03

Not sure how any one would collect figures because no one ever asks if your still BFing after a year.

Starballbunny Tue 14-Jan-14 21:32:19

The DD watching QI next to me now and the little boy who was here at new year grin

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