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Kate CP - posted on 09/10/2011 ( 39 moms have responded )

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Which country do you think has the LOWEST rate of breastfeeding at six months of age?



United States

United Kingdom

Canada

Australia

Other European Nation Not Listed (Norway, Sweden, Poland, etc.)



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Jenni - posted on 09/11/2011

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Don't! It's damn near impossible to find current rates unless you search by country and go to their gov't website.



The newest comparisons by country are the 2005-6 studies done by WHO. Even those aren't accurate because of the breastfeeding initiative programs put in place in the last 5-10 years. :/

Lady Heather - posted on 09/11/2011

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Oh. Looking at Jenni's link the breastfeeding start rate in my province is 97.3 percent and our ebf for six months is 33.6%, so maybe that explains it. Also, something to keep in mind with that is it only applies to mothers who also didn't feed any solids in the first six months. So even if I'd breastfed, I wouldn't be included in there because Freja had avocado at 5.5 months. Ha.

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Aleks - posted on 09/12/2011

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Oh, one more thing
I would assume that Poland's very low rate at 6mths is due to the fact that typically solids are started at around 4mth of age there, so that would rule out the "exclusively breastfeeding" aspect.
Just a heads up.

Aleks - posted on 09/12/2011

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Where is Aust?

I have seen stats recently that state that the take up rate in the beginning is something in the vacinity of 93% but by 6mhts something like 25% is still breatfeeding... not sure of the exact numbers though.

That was my guess, Aust (as having a low bf rate by 6mths).

Ah, I have just found the following:

From: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/p...$File/Breastfeeding_strat1015.pdf Which stated that in 2004 the "92% breastfeeding initiation rate" (found in Chapter 2, section 2.1 on page9) . Then: "Today's research suggests that only 14 per cent of Australian babies are meeting those guidelines." referring to being exclusively breastfed at 6mhs and it was from the following: "Transcript

This is a transcript from The World Today. The program is broadcast around Australia at 12:10pm on ABC Local Radio." http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content... However, this was a figure for exclusive breastfeeding. If "any" breastfeeding done was being considered, the figure was 56%.



Also:

"Results from the 1995 and 2001 National Health Surveys indicate that the proportion of children receiving any breastmilk declines steadily with age (graph 1). In 2001, by age six months around half (48%) of all children were being breastfed. This had declined to 23% of children who were being breastfed by age one and 1% of children being breastfed by age two." from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/...

Anyway, this was just my 2cents worth :-)

Becky - posted on 09/11/2011

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I'm not surprised to see that Alberta is above the national average for Canada. I think that everyone I know personally, probably without exception, has at least started out breastfeeding, and the majority of my friends and family breastfed for close to a year. Like I said, you see it everywhere here, far more often than you see a baby being fed a bottle!

Angela - posted on 09/11/2011

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I have to say that being from the USA, and having babies since the late 80's that breastfeeding back in 1986 was not even mentioned at all to me. In fact they gave me dry up pills and being a young teen Mom at the time I thought it was best or why would they give me dry up pills and loads of free formula to try! Next in 1989 I had my second child, still a teen mom, this time the dry up pills were not given and it was only after I had my baby that I was asked if I wanted to breast feed or use formula. She was a preemie and they stated it would mean I would have to express my milk for here at first... that was all.... I was still recovering from given birth and just said formula and they bind my breast to make the milk stop. I asked about the dry up pills and they told me they were deemed not safe (yikes).

Later and it was much later I had my daughter Claire in 2008 whole different story and I did breast feed her. She had sever acid reflux and a neck injury at birth that made it hard, I had to pump and breastfeed because she could not latch on easy with out pain I did it for 8 months. It was very hard. Further more I had loads of support and help from midwives, my doctors and friends. It was so natural despite all the troubles and I enjoyed it very much. I would have wen further than 8 month but due to lack of stimulation she just did not feed off my breast and the pump was only so effective I started to diminish in supply and had to supplement with a special formula that she had to drink to age a little over 2 years.

I am not sure what happen to BF in America how it went away but so glad it is getting more pro bf.

Angela - posted on 09/11/2011

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The good news is that the rates are on the increase over all and at least babies are getting a good start.
I think if the USA (I point them out because I know, lived there) had more BF friendly work places and support the rates would increase.

Jenni - posted on 09/11/2011

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I believe it's referring to exclusively breastfed rates. So I imagine it wouldn't include mothers who occasionally suppliment with formula.

Lady Heather - posted on 09/11/2011

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I am honestly really surprised that our rate is so low at 6 months. I only have one friend who didn't breastfeed (and she wanted to) and my whole family did. This includes casual acquaintances. Where are you formula people hiding???

Jenni - posted on 09/11/2011

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What year is this from Kate?

Because I've seen Canada's start rate at 87.5% in most studies.. Most current is from 2009.

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/20...



"Key findings from the report show that the initial incidence of breastfeeding in 2010 for the UK and by country was:

■81 per cent in the UK (an increase from 76 per cent in 2005)

■83 per cent in England (an increase from 78 per cent in 2005)

■71 per cent in Wales (an increase from 67 per cent in 2005)

■74 per cent in Scotland (an increase from 70 per cent in 2005)

■64 per cent in Northern Ireland (no statistically significant change from 63 per cent reported in 2005)"



http://www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/infantfeeding1...

Angela - posted on 09/11/2011

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But wait if I read it right the USA still lags behind Poland to Breast feed at all. So over all it seems their are less Breast Feed babies in the States...

Kate CP - posted on 09/11/2011

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Poland has the lowest % rate of breastfeeding at 6 months. The US is second to lowest.

Angela - posted on 09/11/2011

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USA was my guess and I was right but I was suprised at the results for The Netherlands ! They have like this huge thing about it or maybe it seemed huge to me because I am from the USA

Kate CP - posted on 09/11/2011

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Drum roll please!

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Breastfeeding Rates Around the World

Column 1: Percentage who start breastfeeding
Column 2: Percentage who continue to 6 months of age

Sweden 98 53
Norway 98 50
Poland 93 10
Canada 80 24
Netherlands 68 25
Britain 63 21
United States 57 20

Sources: Baby Milk Action, Cambridge, England; Center for Breastfeeding Information, Schaumburg, IL

Jenni - posted on 09/11/2011

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Kelly, no they don't give pamplets here. Your doctor just briefly explains medications and you receive a brief explanation at the pharmacy. Occasionally, you do receive printed information from the pharacist but I didn't receive any for Mirena. Other than the brief summary of the contraceptive.



My OBGYN and I were discussing safe contraceptives for breastfeeding moms and she suggested Mirena after I had complications with the estrogen-free mini pill.

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Jenni, I used the mirena too, and my milk supply dropped off gradually after I had it inserted. I ebf to 5 1/2 months, then had to start supplementing. By 7 months, I think, he was formula fed.

The info about milk reduction was in the informational packet my OB gave me to read before I had the IUD inserted. It didn't have the actual statistics in it, but it did say it did mention reduced milk supply. Did your doc not give you the pamphlet to read before you made your decision? By law, in the US, pharmacies are required to give patents information about all side effects in writing, before administering drugs (the mirena has a hormonal drug in it), except in the case of emergency care. It was the same little paper that comes with prescription meds when you pick them up from the pharmacy, except the doc should have given it to you before inserting the mirena.

as for the question, I'm going to say US, because it is still kind of shunned in public here, and we have the highest population of moms who go back to work before their kid is 12 months. We also have the most lax laws about providing time and space for moms to pump at work, so many loose their supply shortly after their return to work.

Jenni - posted on 09/11/2011

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I'm a bit angry right now. My OBGYN didn't inform me that my method of BC (mirena) could possibly affect my milk supply. The FDA have done studies that showed only 44% of IUS users were breastfeeding at 75 days after insertion. Compared to 79% of copper IUD users.



Ironically, I started experiencing issues with supply within 90 days of insertion. I had to switch to formula with my son at 7 months and with my daughter at 8 months.



I wouldn't be surprised if many other women are experiencing supply issues for similar reason. Misinformation from doctors. Maybe I can't entirely blame her for it, she may not have been privy to these studies. But I'm still very angry that my choice in BC is more than likely what lead to my arduous struggle with breastfeeding. After being told it was safe for nursing mothers.

Jenni - posted on 09/11/2011

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I don't think Canada's doing very great. We have a good start. But by 6 months......
We just started our breastfeeding iniative program last year.
It seems a lot of countries are pulling themselves up from the bootstraps with programs to increase their bf rates since the previous WHO findings 5 years ago. I'm curious to see where they will all be at during the next studies done by WHO.

Becky - posted on 09/10/2011

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I'm thinking it's not Canada, because I see people breastfeeding far more often than bottle-feeding here!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/10/2011

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I cannot help but think the US has the lowest rate. Interested to find out. I know that it is usually a high rate up UNTIL 6 months...then it starts fading out. Could be wrong, but that is how I was told it was when I was nursing my son 5 years ago.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2011

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I guessed the US. I think I saw somewhere that we have the highest percentage of young and single mothers, and statisticlly, they are most likely to not breastfeed.

Kate CP - posted on 09/10/2011

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I dunno, maybe. But I'm finding that a lot of ladies from outside the US are choosing the US as the lowest percentage. It's very interesting.

Minnie - posted on 09/10/2011

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Do you think perhaps there are more people here from the US? I don't know the percentages of COM users.

Jenni - posted on 09/10/2011

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The UK has improved big time in the last 5 years with their breastfeeding education program (forget what it's called, some new initiative to increase breastfeeding rates). I think Ireland has now surpassed the US. But back when all the 2005-6 studies were done they were really behind.

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I guessed other, because they are so incredibly low here in Ireland. I just can't remember if they were the lowest in Europe or in the developed world.

Jenni - posted on 09/10/2011

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I put the US because I researched breastfeeing rates by country awhile back and I believe I recall them having the lowest breastfeeding rates compared to all other developed nations.

Kate CP - posted on 09/10/2011

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I want more results before I publish the findings...but I find this fascinating.

Why do you think people think the US has the lowest percentage breastfeeding rates by 6 months than any other country?

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