Breastfeeding in Tasmania
Around nine out of ten babies in Tasmania begin life breastfeeding.
This falls to 75% of mothers breastfeeding by the time they leave hospital.
At 4 months about 56% of Tasmanian babies are still breastfeeding.
Around nine out of ten babies in Tasmania begin their life breastfeeding1.
74.5% of Tasmanian women were breastfeeding when discharged from hospital in 20132.
Around 56% of Tasmanian babies are still breastfeeding at 4 months3.
Only 40% of Tasmanian babies are exclusively breastfed (fed only breast milk) at 4 months3.
Notes – Attendance at Child Health Assessments are voluntary. Around 70% of babies attend a four-month Child Health Assessment. Data from Australian National Surveys cannot be directly compared to Tasmanian data as collection methods are inconsistent and response rates differ.
 Baby Friendly Health Initiative,Baby Friendly Tasmania Reference Group.
 Council of Obstetric & Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity, Annual Report 2013.
 Child Health and Parenting Service, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania 2003 - 2012.
of Tasmanian babies exclusively breastfed at 4 months
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