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.