In 2013/14, feeding status at birth was recorded for virtually all births at the Homerton (99.3%) to Hackney and City of London mothers; the vast majority (92%) of these babies were breastfed at birth. At 6-8 weeks, breastfeeding status was recorded for 98% of local births; half (52%) were reported as breastfeeding exclusively, one third (32%) partially and 16% were not breastfeeding at all. In total, 84% of women were breastfeeding to some extent in Hackney and the City of London at 6-8 weeks.

Ninety seven children in Hackney and the City of London are recorded as having presented to the Homerton Accident and Emergency department with feeding problems during the two-year period 2013/14 to 2014/15. This is equivalent to 1.4% of births at the Homerton to Hackney and City women over that period.2

References

  1. Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust
  2. Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust