Children from rural areas, breastfed longer than those from urban areas
On average, infants are breastfed until the age of 6 months, and the share of those who have had exclusive breast feeding is 60% of the total breastfeeding.
There are differences in the duration of breastfeeding between rural and urban areas, so that in rural areas, breastfeeding lasts up to 7 months, and in urban areas up to 5 months.
The share of mother's milk, out of the total meals that children under 6 months of age receive exclusively breast-fed, is only one third.
In children between 6 and 12 months, the proportion of those who are breastfeeding falls below half (45%), and in this case there are quite large differences between urban and rural.
In cities, only one third of children between 6 and 12 months are breastfeeding, while in villages over half (56%) of them are still breastfeeding.
Only one of five meals that children from 6 to 12 months receive is mother's milk.
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The statistical data present in these materials come from the Study on the nutritional habits of infants and young children, carried out by GfK Romania between March and April 2010, on a national representative sample for mothers with children up to 3 years old who are no longer exclusively breastfed. .