Guernsey ‘has some of the lowest breast-feeding rates in world’
Monday 12th November 2012, 3:00PM GMT.
THE Director of public health wants to see a strategy put in place after reports breast-feeding rates in Guernsey are some of the lowest in the world.
Dr Stephen Bridgman, pictured, has recommended a strategy should be developed to increase the rates of initiation and continuation of breast-feeding. He said the island’s low rate has consequences on the health of infants, mothers and the State’s finances.
‘Despite out best efforts our rates are some of the lowest in the world. Guernsey breast-feeding initiation rates are comparable to those in the south west of England and the English average, but lower than those in London,’ he said.
‘However, both Guernsey and the UK are near the bottom of the international league tables of babies who have ever been breastfed.’
Dr Bridgman said the need to increase breast-feeding rates was identified in the Guernsey Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-13.