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BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1208

Breastfeeding rate climbs in England while smoking in pregnancy falls: The proportion of new mothers initiating breast feeding in England was 74.1% in October to December 2011, up from 73.7% in the same period in 2010, Department of Health figures show. Meanwhile the prevalence of women breast feeding at 6-8 weeks rose from 45.7% to 47%. In the last three months of 2011 the percentage of mothers smoking at delivery was 13.4%, slightly lower than the 13.5% at the end of 2010. More pregnant women …

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