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. Results and analysis are to be communicated to the public at the World Breastfeeding Week through our website every year. All information submitted by individual hospitals is treated with complete confidentiality.

Breastfeeding rate on discharge

Year

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

BF Rate (%)

19.0

28.5

31.4

32.4

37.8

Year

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

BF Rate (%)

41.1

48.2

50.0

51.3

56.8

Year

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

BF Rate (%)

60.2

61.1

61.8

64.2

64.2

Year

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

BF Rate (%)

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

Year

2018

 

 

 

 

BF Rate (%)

87.7

 

 

 

 

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