The statistical release on breastfeeding Quarter 4, 2011/12 was released today by the Department.
- The breastfeeding initiation rate was 74.0% in 2012/13 Quarter 1, which is the same as the annual percentage for 2011/12 and slightly higher than 2010/11 (73.7% ), 2009/10 (72.8%) and 2008/09 (71.7%).
- The prevalence of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks in 2012/13 Quarter 1 was 46.9% of all infants due a 6-8 weeks check, which is slightly higher than the figure of 46.3% recorded in 2011/12 Q1. These figures include infants totally or partially breastfeeding. Comparisons are made with the same quarter in preceding years due to seasonality