Breastfeeding has both short and long term health benefits for the mother and her child NICE, 2008. Mothers who choose to breastfeed should receive adequate support to be able to continue breastfeeding as long as they wish to. Here we examine national and international trends.
In England the breastfeeding prevalence at 6-8 weeks was not published in 2013/14 due to the number children with no recorded status of 6-8 week breastfeeding prevalence being greater than 5% of all eligible children. In Q1 14/15 11.8% of eligible children at 6-8 weeks in England did not have 6-8 breastfeeding status recorded and the Q1 14/15 cannot be published due to this failure of data completeness.
European Health for All Database data notes:
Coverage: Survey only conducted every 5 years so data only available for years 2000, 2005 and 2010
Deviation from the Definition: The survey measures breastfeeding at 6 weeks, 4 months & 6 months. Therefore, a measure of 3 months is not possible. The data presented here are for babies aged 4 months.