Journal article

Rates of breastfeeding in Australia by State and socio-economic status: Evidence from the 1995 National Health Survey

S Donath, LH Amir

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | BLACKWELL SCIENCE ASIA | Published : 2000


OBJECTIVE: To estimate rates of breastfeeding in the first year of life in Australia, according to state and socio-economic status. METHODOLOGY: Analysis of data from the 1995 Australian National Health Survey. RESULTS: Estimated breastfeeding rates are 81.8% on discharge from hospital, 57.1% fully breastfed at 3 months and 62.6% fully or partially breastfed at 3 months. At 6 months, it is estimated that 18.6% of babies are fully breastfed and 46.2% fully or partially breastfed. At 1 year, 21.2% of infants are receiving some breast milk. Comparison between states demonstrates that there is considerable variation in breastfeeding practice within Australia. Rates of breastfeeding also vary acc..

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