The picture of breastfeeding in the UK is a complex one. Click below to see more on UK breastfeeding rates, the organisations involved in supporting breastfeeding and what the government recommendations are.
UK Breastfeeding rates
The Office for National Statistics performs its Infant Feeding Survey every five years. The figures from the 2010 survey were published in November 2012.
Since 2003, the Department of Health has recommended exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
Other UK Breastfeeding organisations
There are many organisations working in the UK on all different aspects relating to breastfeeding.
Health benefits of breastfeeding
There has been significant reliable evidence produced over recent years to show that breastfeeding has important advantages for both infant and mother.
Financial benefits of breastfeeding
Savings associated with increased breastfeeding could release funds for training and other areas of care
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