• % of infants breastfed at age 6 months (Line chart)
  • % of infants breastfed at age 6 months (Bar chart)
  • % of infants breastfed at age 6 months (Map)
  • % of infants breastfed at age 6 months (Boxplot chart)
Data set notes
European Health for All database

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Updated: 15 June 2018
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Child and Adolescent Health

Indicators: 61
Updated: 15 June 2018
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The WHO Europe Child and Adolescent Health Database (CAHD) provides a set of statistics based on indicators related to the health and well-being of children and adolescents. The statistics were collated from a variety of databases as a joint effort between WHO program divisions and collaborating centres and partners. The database was constructed for the purpose of supporting the Child and Adolescent Health and Development Strategy (2015), providing the relevant information for monitoring progress on child and adolescent health indicators in the 53 member states of the WHO European Region. 

Indicator notes
% of infants breastfed at age 6 months
Indicator code: E160602.T

% of infants reaching their first birthday in the given calendar year who were breastfed, at least partially, when they were 6 months of age._
Country notes
Croatia
Source: Croatian National Institute of Public Health.
Break in time series:
-2014: Decrease is due to change from manual to electronic data reporting system.
Czechia
In 2014 data not available
Estonia
Break in time series: There is a break in time series starting from 2013, therefore data up to 2012
is not comparable to data from 2013 onwards. Data for 1991-2012 include fully and partially
breastfed infants. From 2013 only fully breastfed infants are included (additionally they may get
vitamins and medicaments but not anything else).
Germany
Source:
2003-2008: Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children
and Adolescents Wave 1 (KiGGS wave 1); special evaluation by the Robert Koch-Institute.
1986-2002: Robert Koch-Institute (RKI), German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children
and Adolescents (KiGGS basic); special evaluation by the Robert Koch-Institute.
http://www.kiggs-studie.de or http://www.rki.de
Coverage:
Prevalence of full breastfeeding up to age of at least six months for the birth cohorts 1986-2008
based on the results of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and
Adolescents - Wave 1 and the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and
Adolescents - basic.
Estimation method:
1986-2002: The baseline survey of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children
and Adolescents (KiGGS) is part of the health monitoring of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and was
conducted from May 2003 to May 2006. The aim of this nationwide interview and examination survey was
to collect comprehensive and nationally representative data on the health of children and
adolescents aged 0 to 17 years. Data on breastfeeding behavior in the KiGGS-baseline survey were
collected by way of written self-completion questionnaire of the parents.
The breastfeeding behavior was recorded by the following questions:
- ?Was your child breastfed??
- ?If so, to what month of life it was quenched??
- ?How long was your child exclusively breastfed, this means without additional feeding of baby
formula, baby food and complementary food??
In this case, the question on exclusive breastfeeding asked in KiGGS basic oriented itself on the
definition of full breastfeeding, which permits in addition to the exclusive breastfeeding also the
predominant breastfeeding.
2003-2008: The follow-up survey of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children
and Adolescents (KiGGS) is also part of the health monitoring of the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) and
was conducted from May 2009 to May 2012. The survey was carried out by telephone interview.
The breastfeeding behavior was recorded by the following questions:
- ?Has your child ever been breastfed??
- ?Up to what month of life your child was breastfed??
- ?In what month of life have you begun to additionally provide water, tea or juice??
- ?In what month of life have you started to additionally feed infant formula, baby cereal, baby
food jars or other complementary food??
Here, the begun months of life were each documented.
Break in time series:
Data of the cohorts 1986-2002 derive from the KiGGS basic, 1 to 17 year-olds are included.
Data of the cohorts 2003-2008 derive from the KiGGS wave 1, 1 to 10 year-olds are included.
Israel
Source: National Nutrition Survey and ICDC & Nutrition Department, Ministry of Health. Since 2014,
Mother and Child Department, Ministry of Health, based on a new born registry,whichincludes 70% of
allinfants.
Lithuania
Source: HI HIC, data of annual report of health care institutions
Sweden
Source of data: The National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW)