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Infant feeding associated publications

  • Last modified date:
    28 July 2008

DH guidance publications for health professionals and leaflets to help mothers breast- or bottle-feed.

DH guidance

DH recommendations on breastfeeding and on the introduction of solid food (May 2003), in the light of recommendations from WHO and the UK's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

Practical leaflets on breastfeeding and bottle-feeding

Versions in languages other than English added September 2004.

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Healthy start consultation document

In October 2002, the Department launched a public consultation on proposals to reform the Welfare Food Scheme. The proposals reflect the evidence of the 1999 Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA) scientific review which recommended broadening the nutritional basis of the Scheme in order to ensure that mothers and children in poverty have access to a healthy diet. The proposals also aim to provide increased support for breastfeeding. The Consultation report has been published, and on 16 February 2004, the Department published its response to the consultation exercise.

The National Infant Feeding Survey 2005

The Infant Feeding Survey has been conducted every five years since 1975. The 2005 Infant Feeding Survey was the seventh national survey of infant feeding practices to be conducted. 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. The 2005 survey is the first to provide separate estimates for all four countries in the United Kingdom, as well as for the UK as a whole.

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