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York Below National Average For Breastfeeding


7:24am 28th August 2012
(Updated 8:53am 28th August 2012)

Not enough mums are breastfeeding across York.

Stats show the numbers taking it up here is 10 percent lower than the national average.

Figures show just over 70% start, but after a week more than half quit.

It's being put down to a lack of educaiton about the benefits, and are worried about breastfeeding in public.

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York Hospital Trust Statement:

Breastfeeding figures from the 2005 survey for the Office for National Statistics which were published in 2008.

Initiation = 81% in the UK

In York = 73%

Only 35% of Uk babies are exclusively breastfed at 1 week.


21% at 6 weeks
7% at 4 months
3% at 5 months.

York figures are very similar.

The Government recommends exclusive breastfeeding until weaning is commenced at approx 6 months.
Breastfeeding should be promoted into the 2nd year of life and beyond.

Health Benefits:

There has been significant reliable evidence produced over recent years for both mother and baby.

The key benefits for the baby are reduced risk of:-

Gastro-intestinal infection.

Respiratory infection

Urinary tract infection

Ear infections

Allergic reactions (eczema and wheezing)

Insulin dependent diabetes

Sudden infant death syndrome

Childhood leukaemia

Breastfed infants may also have better neurological development.

And for the mother reduced risk of:-

Breast cancer

Ovarian cancer

Hip fractures and bone density problems.

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