South Australian Breastfeeding Program 2007-2012: Analysis of 5 years of population health interventions to promote breastfeeding

Julie Johns, Sara Javanparast

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    Abstract

    According to the National Infant Feeding Survey, South Australia (SA) has the lowest initiation and rates of exclusive breastfeeding at 6 months of all the Australian states and territories (14.6% in South Australia versus a range of 14.8-21.7% nationally) [1]. To address this gap, the South Australian Breastfeeding Program (SABP) developed a Strategic and Action Plan which aimed to increase the percentage of South Australian babies who are fully breastfed at every age from birth to six months and then to twelve months of age. The SABP operates within a national and state policy context which currently supports breastfeeding within an agenda of primary prevention and healthy weight. The National Breastfeeding Strategy [2] together with a national breastfeeding action plan that is currently being developed, provides a significant opportunity for action and research to promote breastfeeding. In SA, the Primary Prevention Plan [3] and the Eat Well Be Active Strategy [4] implicitly and explicitly support the promotion of breastfeeding.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationAdelaide, South Australia
    PublisherFlinders University
    Commissioning bodySA Health
    Number of pages97
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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