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In Australia it is estimated that about 90-96% of women initiate breastfeeding.1

Approximately 50-60% of Australian infants are continuing to breastfeed at 6 months.1

Only 15% of Australian infants are breastfed exclusively to 6 months according to the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey.1

About 22-28% of Australian mothers breastfed their infant to age 12 months.1


The Australian National Infant Feeding Survey 2, conducted in 2010-2011, found that:-

  • Breastfeeding was initiated for 96% of children.
  • Around 69% of infants were still receiving some breast milk at 4 months of age.
  • In the age group 7 - 12 months, 42% of children were still receiving some breast milk.

[1] Australian Health Ministers' Conference 2009, The Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy 2010-2015. Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

[2] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2011,2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey: indicator results. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra.