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									Infant Feeding and Carers Surveys
Steve Webster NHS IC
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 2010 - 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
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%)


www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/infantfeeding10
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
Survey of Informal Carers in Households in England 2009/10


 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%).


 www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/social-care/adult-social-c
   are-information/survey-of-carers-in-households--2009-10-england

								
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