Breastfeeding on the island of Ireland

Source: Published by The Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Oct 2017

This all-island report published by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) in Oct 2017 highlights breastfeeding rates across the island of Ireland.

key points include:

  • Breastfeeding can make a significant contribution to population health by improving health outcomes for both mother and child.
  • Breastfeeding rates in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have increased slowly over the last ten years. Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of breastfeeding within the UK.
  • Breastfeeding rates in Northern Ireland are lower than those of the Republic of Ireland and the gap has increased over time.



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