Middlesex-London Health Unit has just released a Breastfeeding Health Index Report (January 2011) which highlights key findings from local data on breastfeeding duration, attitudes, and awareness about breastfeeding.
- 52% of Middlesex-London mothers who gave birth within the past five years breastfed their babies for six months or more; 17% breastfed their babies for twelve months or longer.
- Six month breastfeeding duration rates in Middlesex-London appear to have increased somewhat between 2004 and 2009; however, this is not statistically significant.
- The level of awareness that babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life get all the food that they need for growth was lower between 2007 and 2009 than in previous years.
- Public acceptance of breastfeeding in restaurants and shopping malls in Middlesex-London has grown since 2002.
- Young adults (ages 18-24) showed a lower awareness of health benefits of breastfeeding to the child and a lower acceptance of breastfeeding in restaurants than older age groups.
- Mothers (ages 25-34) were significantly less likely to breastfeed for at least six months than their older counterparts.
For the full report, go to http://www.healthunit.com/article.aspx?ID=16651.