October 1st is the beginning of National Breastfeeding Week in Ireland. Running until October 7th, the week promotes and celebrates breastfeeding in Ireland.
The World Health Organization’s recommendations are exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months for life, and up to two years of age.
IPH work on breastfeeding:
- In October 2017, IPH released an all-island report on the breastfeeding rates across the island of Ireland. This report highlighted that in the Republic of Ireland between 2006 and 2015, breastfeeding rates at discharge from hospital increased from 49% to 58% – a nine percentage point rise. In the same period in Northern Ireland, breastfeeding rates at discharge increased by five percentage points – from 40% to 45%.
- In 2013/4 IPH completed an extensive review of the implementation of breastfeeding policy in the Republic of Ireland which informed the direction of Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland - Health Service Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 – 2021.
For more information on IPH work on breastfeeding, click here.