Rates of breastfeeding increasing in Ireland

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) have published a new report on breastfeeding on the island of Ireland. The report found that breastfeeding rates are increasing across the island of Ireland.

Main findings from the report include:

  • Rates of breastfeeding have increased by 9% and 5% in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland respectively over the last 10 years
  • Younger mothers and those from a lower socioeconomic background were less likely to breastfeed
  • There was a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates in the weeks after birth
  • The main reasons stated for not breastfeeding included preference for formula feeding, inconvenience/fatigue, having previously used infant formula and did not like the idea of breastfeeding
  • The main reasons for not maintaining breastfeeding included insufficient milk and latching problems

Breast milk continues to be the best option for babies where it is possible to breastfeed. It is recommended to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of a baby’s life.

Posted: 11/10/2017 08:38:17 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Breastfeeding, Early years, Infants


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