Deprivation and rate of breastfeeding

There is a clear association between reduced rates of breastfeeding and deprivation. 

The Infant Feeding Survey published in 2012 reported that, in 2010 the prevalence of breastfeeding at all ages of baby up to nine months was highest among certain demographic groups. For example, when babies were aged six months, this was highest for mothers from managerial and professional occupations (44%), those who left education aged over 18 (46%), those aged 30 or over (45%), those living in the least deprived areas (40%) and those from minority ethnic groups (66% for Chinese or other ethnic group, 61% for Black and 49% for both Asian and Mixed ethnic groups). The incidence of breastfeeding decreased as deprivation levels increased, so that fewer than three-quarters (73%) of mothers in the most deprived quintile initiated breastfeeding compared with almost nine in ten (89%) of the least deprived mothers. Across the UK as a whole, breastfeeding rates increased in all socio-economic groups. The largest increase occurred among mothers in routine and manual occupations, with rates increasing from 65% in 2005 to 74% in 2010. This has narrowed the gap, compared to 2005, between occupational groups.

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