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Provides readers with information on the level and trends in breastfeeding in Australia using data collected from the 2001 NHS, with some time series comparisons from the 1995 NHS. The first section of the paper focuses on the initiation, intensity and duration of breastfeeding practices among Australian women. The second section presents statistics on the characteristics of mothers associated with differences in breastfeeding practices. Key findings of this paper are summarised, while the appendixes and explanatory notes provide more detail for readers interested in the concepts and methods used.
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