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Tracking Progress for Breastfeeding Policies and Programmes: Global breastfeeding scorecard 2017

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WHO and UNICEF have established recommendations for breastfeeding practices. Although every mother decides how to feed her child, this decision is strongly influenced by economic, environmental, social and political factors. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard analyzes indicators on how countries protect, promote and support breastfeeding through funding or policies. The research shows that the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. 34% of babies in the UK are breastfed for six months.

Download the executive summary and the full report here

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Breastfeeding statistics: 2016/17 Quarter 4 (July 2017 release)

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This update gives the number and proportion of infants who have been fully, partially or not at all breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks after birth. Public Health England collected the data through an interim reporting system set up to collect health visiting activity data at a local authority resident level. Data was submitted by local authorities on a voluntary basis. Information is presented at local authority of residence, PHE Centre and England level.

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RCPCH Breastfeeding guidance

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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has published Position statement: breastfeeding in the UK.   This guidance gives advice on how long women should consider breastfeeding. It also sets out the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child, and the cost savings to families and health services.

Access the position statement here

The state of infant feeding support services for mums and babies

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This briefing and infographic from Unicef based on their 2017 survey of infant feeding leads, highlights how support services for mothers and babies are changing in England, and how this could impact breastfeeding rates.

“Special attention is needed in policies designed to protect and support the most vulnerable, such as babies born preterm or sick, into the most disadvantaged families, or to mothers suffering with poor mental health, as these are the babies who are least likely to be breastfed, while needing it the most”.

Download the infographic here
Read the briefing here

 

Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: 2016 to 2017 (including Q3, April 2017 update)

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This update gives the number and proportion of infants who have been fully, partially or not at all breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks after birth. Public Health England collected the data through an interim reporting system set up to collect health visiting activity data at a local authority resident level. Data was submitted by local authorities on a voluntary basis. Information is presented at local authority of residence, PHE Centre and England level.

Check the statistics here

NIHR Signal: Fortified donor breast milk led to similar development for very-low-birthweight babies compared with formula milk

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Providing very-low-birthweight babies with fortified human donor breast milk made no difference to their developmental neurological outcomes at 18 months compared with giving formula.

This randomised controlled trial looked at 363 babies with birth weights of less than 1500g in neonatal intensive care units in Canada. When the mother’s own milk supply was limited, the babies were given either nutrient-enriched donor breast milk or formula developed for premature babies. There was no difference in their understanding, language, or ability to manipulate objects at 18 months.

This finding might help to reduce anxiety about providing formula in areas where donor breast milk is difficult to obtain. However, the research was focussed on developmental outcomes rather than potential effects of donor breast milk on other risks of prematurity, such as immunity or gastrointestinal complications.

This trial will continue to collect data to re-assess developmental outcomes when the children reach five years of age.

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Breastfeeding prevalence at 6-8 weeks after birth: 2016 to 2017 Q3 data

Public Health England statistics and statistical commentary on the prevalence of breastfeeding.

The aggregate breastfeeding rate for England for Quarter 3 2016/17 (October to December 2016) is 44.1% (with confidence intervals of 43.9 – 44.4%)
 Breastfeeding prevalence can be published for 73 local authorities (passing all 3 stages of validation) and percentages range from 19.0% to 76.9%.

View statistics here