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Breast Feeding

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of women who breastfed their babies for the first six months in each year since 1995. (126156)

The national infant feeding survey conducted every five years provides information on the percentage of women breastfeeding their babies for the first six months. Both the 1995 and 2000 survey showed that 22 per cent. of the women breastfed their babies for the first six months in England and Wales as compared to 21 per cent. in the United Kingdom. Figures for the prevalence of breastfeeding each year are not available.

The results of the national infant feeding survey 2005 are expected to be published in summer 2007.