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U.S. and International Breastfeeding Rates

 

United States:

For breastfeeding rates in the United States, go to http://www.cdc.gov , specifically to www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/NIS_data/index.htm  and find there the extensive U.S government statistics on this subject.

 

 

 

Europe:

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To read about apparent effects of various breastfeeding rates on health outcomes of the breastfed children, presenting information that is not normally provided on this subject, go to www.pollutionaction.org .

 

 

 

 

World:

The chart below was downloaded from the website of LaLeche League International in May of 2012.  At the heading of the chart was “Breastfeeding Statistics September 15, 2003”, so the data may not be up to date.

 

Happy Mothers Breastfed Babies

La Leche League InternationalTop of Form

Bottom of Form

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-6 MONTHS

 

Europe

 

Belgium

63.4

Czech Republic

92

Denmark

98

England, Wales

71

29

France

50

Germany

86

Greece

--

--

Ireland (North)

31-54

14

Italy

85

19

Luxembourg

88

54

The Netherlands

75

37

Norway

99

Poland

93

Portugal

93

Romania

91

Scotland

50-63

30

Spain

91

Sweden

97

UK

69

21

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-6 MONTHS

Latin America & The Caribbean

Argentina

--

--

Belize

90

17a

Bolivia

97

50*

Brazil

93

29*

Chile

--

77a

Columbia

95

9*

Costa Rica

--

35a

Dominican Republic

93

19*

Ecuador

95

29*

El Salvador

94

15*

Guatemala

96

46*

Haiti

96

2*

Honduras

96

33*

Nicaragua

92

22*

Panama

--

32a

Paraguay

94

5*

Peru

97

53*

Uruguay

--

--

Venezuela

--

--

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-6 MONTHS

Asia

Armenia

--

21a

Azerbaijan

--

53a

Bangladesh

97

45*

Cambodia

--

60a

China

93

64a

India

95

43*

Indonesia

96

42*

Kazakstan

96

10*

Kyrgyzstan

95

21*

Japan

--

41

Laos

--

36a

Mongolia

--

93a

Myanmar

--

30a

Nepal

98

74*

Pakistan

94

23*

Philippines

88

37*

Sri Lanka

--

24a

Thailand

97

24a

Uzbekistan

96

2

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-6 MONTHS

Middle East & North Africa

Algeria

93

5*

Bahrain

97

-

Egypt

95

56*

Iran

98

56*

Jordan

95

11*

Lebanon

88

12*

Morocco

95

25*

Oman

99

28*

Syria

92

12*

Tunisia

94

5*

Turkey

95

10*

United Arab Emirates

93

--

Yemen

97

18*

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-6 MONTHS

Sub-saharan Africa

Benin

97

10*

Botswana

--

39a

Burkina Faso

99

5*

Cameroon

97

12*

Cape Verde

--

18a

Central African

Republic

97

3*

Chad

98

2*

Comoros

96

3*

Congo, Dem. Rep. Of

--

32a

Cote d’Ivoire

100

2a

Eritrea

98

59*

Ethiopia

--

74a

Gabon

--

57a

Ghana

99

31*

Guinea

--

52a

Kenya

98

12*

Lesotho

--

54a

Liberia

--

--

Madagascar

97

48*

Malawi

97

2*

Mali

95

8*

Mauritania

95

10*

Mauritius

72

--

Mozambique

95

30*

Namibia

95

14*

Niger

97

1*

Nigeria

97

1*

Rwanda

97

90*

Senegal

97

13*

Sierra Leone

--

--

Sudan

96

1*

Swaziland

--

37a

Tanzania

97

29

Togo

97

10

Uganda

98

57*

Zambia

98

19*

Zimbabwe

99

11*

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-5 MONTHS

North America

Canada

72

31

USA

70.1

33.2

COUNTRY

% AT INITIATION

% AT 4-5 MONTHS

Australia

87

48

New Zealand

93.8

56

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LLLI Center for Breastfeeding Information

Breastfeeding Statistics
September 15, 2003

Compiled by Carol Huotari IBCLC
Center for Breastfeeding Information
References:

1.www.babyfriendly.org.uk/ukstats.html
2. http://www.babymilkaction.org/
3. Acta Paediatr 00-1;89(1):88-93 Cattaneo, A. et a.
4. Breastfeeding Rev 00-1;8(3):23-27 Donath. S. & Amir L.H.
5. www.scotland.gov.uk/health/cmobulletin/hb592-08.asp
6. www.sos.se/FULLTEXT/0042-007/0042-007.pdf
7. Can J Pub Hlth 97-7/8;88(4):242-45 Barber C.M. et al
8. JHL 96-3;12(1):37-39 Dickstein M. & Bordoux P.P.
9. J Perinat Med 1998;26:320-23 Carbonell X et al
10. NZ Med J 95-9-8;108(1007):355-57 Essex C. et al
11. Acta Paediatr 99-4;88(4):411-15 Riva E. et al
12. WHO GLOBAL DATABANK ON BREASTFEEDING AND COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING
13. AWHONN Lifelines 03-8/9;7(4):340-47 Banks J.W.
14. Mothers' Survey, Ross Products Div Abbott Labs, Breastfeeding Trends 2002
15. National Health Surveys, Australia www.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/8E65D6253E10F802CA256DA40003A07C?Open

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