This data is obtained from “ A summary of violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent relevant WHA Resolutions in 2011 – 2012.”
“In Alberta breastfeeding initiation rates were 92.7% in 2005, 92% in 2007/2008, and 90.8% in 2009/2010.
In Calgary (pop. 1m) in 2012 exclusivity drops precipitously to 44% at first public health visit.
Although 2009/2010 statistics show exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months or more in Alberta to be 29%, in Edmonton (pop. 800 000) exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months was at 9% in 2008.
The initiation drop off and relatively low exclusive breastfeeding rates are largely attributable to aggressive marketing in the public realm and in hospitals.
Mothers do not get sufficient breastfeeding support and receive instead advice on formula feeding against a background of formula supplementation during their hospital stay where as many as 47.9%4 of infants receive formula milk.
These are recognized risk factors for early breastfeeding cessation.”
Chalmers, Beverley et al. "Breastfeeding Rates and Hospital Breastfeeding Practices in Canada: A National Survey of Women"
BIRTH 36:2 June 2009
The Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) in Canada
Status Report February 19, 2012
Breastfeeding Committee for Canada
Perinatal Health Indicators for Canada
This document was produced by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (CPSS) 2011 to update data on key perinatal health indicators described in the Canadian Perinatal Health Report, 2008 Edition and provide current information on major determinants and outcomes of maternal, fetal and infant health in Canada. See document here...
Surveillance Information On Breasfeeding Practices in Canada
The Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion (ONPP) is pleased to announce the posting of updated surveillance information from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) 2009-2010 on breastfeeding practices in Canada and household food insecurity in 10 provinces and territories on Health Canada’s website.
The posting consists of:
- statistics on breastfeeding practices in Canada and on household food insecurity (10 provinces and territories only) based on data collected in 2009-2010;
- prevalence estimates over time for breastfeeding practices in Canada and, when available, household food insecurity by province and territory; and
- information on how to obtain detailed summary data tables on household food insecurity by province and territory.