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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 and Carers Surveys

Steve Webster NHS IC


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 and carers surveys steve webster nhs ic

    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


    Infant feeding and carers surveys steve webster nhs ic

    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


    Infant feeding and carers surveys steve webster nhs ic

    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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