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Breastfeeding in the East Midlands: patterns, trends and data quality issues


Sarah Jane Flaherty, David Jenner

Subject Keywords: Breastfeeding, diet and infant health
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

Breastfeeding has important health benefits for both mother and child. Breastfed babies are less likely to report with gastric, respiratory and urinary tract infections and allergic diseases, while they are also less likely to become obese in later childhood. Improving breastfeeding initiation has become a national priority, and a national target has been set â?oto deliver an increase of two percentage points per annum in breastfeeding initiation rate, focusing especially on women from disadvantaged areasâ?. Despite improvements in data quality in previous years, it still remains difficult to construct an accurate and reliable picture of variations and trends in breastfeeding in the East Midlands. It is essential that nationally standardised data collection systems are put in place to enable effective and accurate monitoring and evaluation of breastfeeding status both at a local and national level.





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Suggested citation:

Sarah Jane Flaherty, David Jenner. (2007) Breastfeeding in the East Midlands: patterns, trends and data quality issues [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th November 2019].


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