Video

Breastfeeding increasingly common among B.C. women

More women are breastfeeding in British Columbia, according to a study released today by Statistics Canada
Statistics Canada says more B.C. mothers exclusively breastfeed 2:20

More women are breastfeeding in British Columbia, according to a study released today by Statistics Canada

B.C. had the highest rate of breastfeeding exclusively for six months (or more), as well as the largest provincial increase since 2003, the study found.

In this video report, many medical experts tell the CBC's Deborah Goble they're encouraged by the numbers.

Summary of StatsCan study:

  • Almost nine in 10 Canadian mothers initiated breastfeeding soon after their child's birth in 2011/2012.
  • In 2011/2012, 26% of mothers breastfed exclusively for six months (or more), up from 17% in 2003.
  • In 2011/2012, mothers who breastfed exclusively for six months (or more) tended to be in their 30s or older and had post-secondary qualifications.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.