Trends in breastfeeding by deprivation
BF GIMD 201819
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The exclusive breastfeeding rate at the 6-8 week health visitor review in the most deprived decile has increased gradually over recent years, rising from 11% in 2004/05-2006/7 to 17% in 2016/17-2018/19. The exclusive breastfeeding rate in the least deprived decile has fluctuated over the period, but has returned to 55% in 2016/17-2018/19.


All babies are offered a health review approximately six to eight weeks following their birth. The Health Visitor notes whether the baby is still being exclusively breastfed, bottle fed formula or a mixture of both. The status is recorded in the Child Health Surveillance Programme, Pre-School.The figures shown are for those exclusively breastfed at the time of the visit.

Visits for which the status has not been recorded or known have been included in the denominator.  These are a subset of data from the annual ISD report Breastfeeding Statistics 2014/15 (published 27/10/2015). The report can be found on the ISD website as follows: Full details on data sources, methods and definitions can be found in the report.

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