Infant Feeding Survey 2005: A commentary on infant feeding practices in the UK

Position statement by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, 2008

The Infant Feeding Survey has been conducted every five years since 1975 and captures a wealth of information about infant feeding practices in the United Kingdom. It helps to describe historical trends in infant feeding practice and identify opportunities for improved implementation of national policy. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) Subgroup on Maternal and Child Nutrition (SMCN) has reviewed the findings of the 2005 Infant Feeding Survey. It particularly welcomes the significant increases observed in breastfeeding initiation across the UK and a marked reduction in the proportion of infants given solid foods at an inappropriately young age.

This review recommends options to improve infant feeding practice and informs infant feeding policy. It also suggests areas for deeper exploration in future quinquennial surveys, particularly to take account of the national implementation of “Healthy Start” in 2006 and to define its effects on practice.

A teljes dokumentum letölthető a National Health Service oldaláról.