Table 1

Prevalence estimates for breastfeeding indicators, by subregion and age group

Region

Breastfeeding indicator estimates (%)


Subregion

Infants <6 months of age

Infants 6–11 months of age

Children 12–23 months of age


Exclusive

Partial

No

Continued

No

Continued

No


Africa

24.9

71.2

3.9

91.8

8.2

69.9

30.1

Eastern

41.4

56.1

2.4

95.1

4.9

75.6

24.4

Middle

19.4

79.6

1.0

96.6

3.4

76.8

23.2

Northern

36.5

53.9

9.6

77.7

22.3

49.6

50.4

Southern

8.2

75.7

16.0

70.4

29.6

46.7

53.3

Western

6.1

92.1

1.8

96.8

3.2

74.9

25.1

Asia (excluding Japan)

44.9

50.7

4.5

87.5

12.5

72.4

27.6

Eastern

58.6

36.3

5.1

85.7

14.3

NDa

ND

South-Central

42.1

55.3

2.6

93.3

6.7

78.8

21.2

South-Eastern

37.5

55.0

7.5

76.7

23.3

61.7

38.3

Western

17.7

72.0

10.3

71.3

28.7

37.3

62.7

Latin America and the Caribbean

30.8

51.2

18.0

59.9

40.1

36.5

63.5

Caribbean

25.8

63.8

10.4

64.6

35.4

34.2

65.8

Central America

23.4

55.0

21.6

60.2

39.8

37.0

63.0

South America

35.1

48.0

16.9

59.3

40.7

36.4

63.6

Developing countriesb

38.7

55.7

5.6

85.8

14.2

68.3

31.7


a ND = no data. b The region Oceania (including developing countries Guam, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) was excluded, as nationally representative breastfeeding data were not available for any developing countries in Oceania.

Lauer et al. BMC Medicine 2004 2:26   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-2-26

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