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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; - around 7% of infants drank cow's milk by 6 months, with most not starting until the recommended age of 12 months.

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

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Notes and corrections

The current version of supplementary tables is presented above.

  1. The 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey supplementary tables have been revised. Please note that standard errors used in the estimates of confidence intervals in Tables 2, 3, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 have been replaced by those obtained from unweighted analysis. The revisions to the confidence intervals do not change the estimates—rather the intervals are now wider, especially when sample sizes are small.

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AIHW 2011. 2010 Australian national infant feeding survey: indicator results. Cat. no. PHE 156. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 June 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420927>.

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