Breastfeeding lays the foundation for good health in infancy, childhood and adult life. In Aotearoa New Zealand around 80 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed on discharge from baby-friendly hospitals. However this percentage drops significantly at six weeks after birth, and then further at three months (see Well Child Tamariki Ora data).
NZBA keeps breastfeeding data to show progress on its vision to make breastfeeding the cultural norm for Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Well Child/Tamariki Ora (WCTO) Quality Improvement Framework has three quality indicators related to breastfeeding:
- infants exclusively or fully breastfed at two weeks
- at discharge from LMC and
- at three months.
This data is collated bi-annually (March and September): WCTO Quality Indicator Report.
For NZBA data (data at discharge from maternity services) choose from the following: