Breastfeeding Trend

Since 1992, BFHIHKA has been observing breastfeeding trends in Hong Kong by conducting an annual survey in hospitals. Questionnaires are sent to all hospitals with maternity units in Hong Kong in May of each year. They include topics such as:

  • The breastfeeding rate on discharge from the hospital
  • Hospital practice of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
  • Compliance of infant food manufacturers with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes as observed in the hospital

The data are then presented in an annual survey report which is released during the press conference in celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week in August every year. All information submitted by individual hospitals is treated with complete confidentiality.

Breastfeeding rate on discharge

Year 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
BF Rate(%) 19.0 28.5 31.4 32.4 37.8 41.1 48.2 50.0 51.3 56.8
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
BF Rate(%) 60.2 61.1 61.8 64.2 64.2 69.0 73.9 76.7 79.2 83.3
Year 2012 2013 2014  2015 *2016          
BF Rate(%) 85.8 84.2 86.3  88.4 86.8          

*The statistics is from the Department of Health of the Government of HKSAR