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released: 20 Dec 2011 author: AIHW media release

The 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey is the first specialised national survey of infant feeding practices in Australia. The survey also collected information on attitudes towards, and enablers for and barriers against breastfeeding. This report provides baseline data on key infant feeding indicators, including: most babies (96%) were initially breastfed, but only 39% were exclusively breastfed for less than 4 months, and 15% for less than 6 months; overall 35% of infants were introduced to solid foods by 4 months of age and 92% by the recommended age of 6 months.

ISBN 978-1-74249-269-8; Cat. no. PHE 156; 69pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

    • Preliminary material
      • Title and verso pages
      • Contents
      • Acknowledgments
      • Abbreviations
      • Symbols
      • Summary
        • Main findings
          • Initiation, duration and intensity of breastfeeding
          • Introduction of non-human milk and other fluids/foods
          • Characteristics associated with breastfeeding practices
          • Factors influencing breastfeeding practices  

    • Body section
      • 1 Introduction
        • 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey
        • About this report
          • Understanding how child's age is used in this report
          • Description of selected infant feeding practices
          • Time-to-event analysis
          • Structure of the report
            
      • 2 Overview of indicator results
        • Indicator 1: Proportion of children ever breastfed
        • Indicator 2: Proportion of children receiving any breastmilk at each month of age, 0–24 months
        • Indicator 3: Proportion of children exclusively breastfed to each month of age, 0–6 months
        • Indicator 4: Proportion of children predominantly breastfed to each month of age, 0–6 months
        • Indicator 5: Proportion of children receiving soft/semi-solid/solid food at each month of age, 0–12 months
        • Indicator 6: Proportion of children receiving non-human milk or formula at each month of age, 0–12 months

      • 3 Detailed indicator results
        • Introduction
          • Indicator 1: Proportion of children ever breastfed
          • Indicator 2: Proportion of children breastfed at each month of age
          • Indicator 3: Proportion of children exclusively breastfed to each month of age
          • Indicator 4: Proportion of children predominantly breastfed to each month of age
          • Indicator 5: Proportion of children receiving soft/semi-solid/solid food at each month of age
          • Indicator 6: Proportion of children receiving non-human milk or formula at each month of age
            
      • 4 Factors influencing infant feeding practices
        • Attitudes and barriers to breastfeeding
          • Reasons for giving child breastmilk
          • Reasons for not continuing breastfeeding
          • Reasons for not breastfeeding
        • Factors related to early initiation to breastfeeding
          • Skin-to-skin contact
          • Early encouragement to breastfeed
          • Intention to feed the child
          • Partner's preference regarding infant feeding

    • End matter
      • Appendix A Explanatory notes
        • Introduction
        • Survey objectives
        • Methodology
          • Pilot survey
          • Survey questionnaire
          • Main survey
          • Survey hotline
          • Sample selection and data collection
            • Sampling
            • Mail-out
          • Weighting
            • Adjustment for differential probability of selection
            • Adjustment for differential response rate across strata
            • Post-stratification adjustment weight
          • Response rate
          • Respondents' characteristics
          • Differential non-response
        • Analytical approach
          • General
          • Survival analysis
          • Editing and derivation of key variables
          • Derivation of survey variables used for the core indicators
            • Proportion of children ever breastfed
            • Proportion of children currently breastfed
            • Proportion of children exclusively breastfed
            • Proportion of children predominantly breastfed
            • Proportion of children receiving soft/semi-solid/solid food
            • Proportion of children receiving non-human milk or formula
          • Derivation of variables used for geographical classification and socioeconomic status
            • Socioeconomic status
            • Geographical classification
          • Reliability of estimates
            • Sampling error
            • Non-sampling error
          • Limitations of the data
        • Access to the survey data
      • Glossary
      • References
      • List of tables
      • List of figures
      • Related publications 
      • Survey

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. 2010 Australian national infant feeding survey: indicator results. Cat. no. PHE 156. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 26 July 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420927>.