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1 Infant Feeding and Carers Surveys Steve Webster NHS IC

2 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 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

3 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%)

4 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

5 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%). care-information/survey-of-carers-in-households england Survey of Informal Carers in Households in England 2009/10


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