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Infant Feeding and Carers Surveys Steve Webster NHS IC. Infant Feeding Survey 2010. Overview Conducted every five years since 1975 across UK Provides information on: Breastfeeding – incidence, prevalence and duration Formula feeding Introduction of solid foods and weaning practices

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Infant Feeding and Carers Surveys

Steve Webster NHS IC


Infant Feeding Survey 2010

  • Overview

  • Conducted every five years since 1975 across UK

  • Provides information on:

    • Breastfeeding – incidence, prevalence and duration

      • Formula feeding

    • Introduction of solid foods and weaning practices

    • Dietary supplements

    • Additional drinks

    • Smoking behaviour of mothers

  • Target population - mothers of babies born in August and September 2010 - postal and online questionnaire

  • Longitudinal design - 3 stages, when babies are:

    • > 6 to10 weeks old

    • > 4 to 6 months old

    • > 8 to10 months old

  • First stage response 50%, around 15,000, almost all postal - good response so far to other stages

  • Early results released June 2011, final publication summer 2012


  • Infant Feeding Survey 2010

    • Headline early results

    • Between 2005 and 2010:

    • Percentage of newborn babies initially breastfed rose from:

    • 78% to 83% in England

    • 67% to 71% in Wales, and

    • 70% to 74% in Scotland

    • In Northern Ireland there was no statistically significant change

    • Percentage of mothers smoking before or during pregnancy fell from 33% to 26%.

    • Mothers who smoked were more likely to give up before or during pregnancy in 2010 (54%) than in 2005 (48%)

    • In 2010, smoking levels before or during pregnancy were highest in Wales (33%) and lowest in England (26%)

    • www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/infantfeeding10


    Survey of Informal Carers in Households in England 2009/10

    • Overview

    • Replaced the previous survey carried out every 5 years by ONS, last done 2000

    • Aims to establish the prevalence of caring in England, including;

      • trends in the characteristics of carers (age, sex, etc)

      • trends in the intensity and nature of caring

      • investigate impact on and support for carers

        • Addresses selected at random and a large-scale screening exercise was conducted across England.

      • Screening questionnaire administered at household level to identify eligible respondents for the main survey.

      • Eligible respondents were invited to complete a 30-minute interview; 2400 carers interviewed May 2009 to April 2010

        • Report published December 2010


    Survey of Informal Carers in Households in England 2009/10

    • Some headline results:

    • 12% people aged 16 or over in England in 2009/10 were looking after or giving special help to a sick, disabled or elderly person - around 5 million adults in England

    • 60% of carers in England were women

    • 37% were the only support for their main cared for person

    • 48% provided care for 20 or more hours per week

    • 52% said their health had been affected because of the care they provide

    • 61% expected the amount of time they spend caring to increase in the next five years

    • 66% said that they would need someone else to look after their cared for person if they wanted to take a break

    • Most likely to be looking after a close family member, such as a parent (33%), spouse or partner (26%) or child (13%)

    • Most common reasons for care were physical disability (58%), long-standing illness (37%) or a sight or hearing loss (20%).

    • www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/social-care/adult-social-care-information/survey-of-carers-in-households--2009-10-england


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