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Less than half of women breastfeed after two months, survey finds

Apr 2nd, 2017 by

Poll for Public Health England reveals many feel embarrassed to feed their babies in front of strangers and family members

Almost three-quarters of women in England start breastfeeding after giving birth but less than half are still doing so two months later, according to NHS and Public Health England data.

PHE recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, as does the World Health Organization, because it boosts a baby’s ability to fight illness and infection. But a comparison of initial breastfeeding rates and those after six to eight weeks in the final quarter of 2015 found that they were 40% lower for the latter (44% compared with 73%).

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