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Table 1 Prevalence estimates for breastfeeding indicators, by subregion and age group

From: Breastfeeding patterns and exposure to suboptimal breastfeeding among children in developing countries: review and analysis of nationally representative surveys

Region Breastfeeding indicator estimates (%)
   Subregion Infants <6 months of age Infants 6–11 months of age Children 12–23 months of age
  Exclusive Partial No Continued No Continued No
Africa 24.9 71.2 3.9 91.8 8.2 69.9 30.1
   Eastern 41.4 56.1 2.4 95.1 4.9 75.6 24.4
   Middle 19.4 79.6 1.0 96.6 3.4 76.8 23.2
   Northern 36.5 53.9 9.6 77.7 22.3 49.6 50.4
   Southern 8.2 75.7 16.0 70.4 29.6 46.7 53.3
   Western 6.1 92.1 1.8 96.8 3.2 74.9 25.1
Asia (excluding Japan) 44.9 50.7 4.5 87.5 12.5 72.4 27.6
   Eastern 58.6 36.3 5.1 85.7 14.3 NDa ND
   South-Central 42.1 55.3 2.6 93.3 6.7 78.8 21.2
   South-Eastern 37.5 55.0 7.5 76.7 23.3 61.7 38.3
   Western 17.7 72.0 10.3 71.3 28.7 37.3 62.7
Latin America and the Caribbean 30.8 51.2 18.0 59.9 40.1 36.5 63.5
   Caribbean 25.8 63.8 10.4 64.6 35.4 34.2 65.8
   Central America 23.4 55.0 21.6 60.2 39.8 37.0 63.0
   South America 35.1 48.0 16.9 59.3 40.7 36.4 63.6
Developing countries b 38.7 55.7 5.6 85.8 14.2 68.3 31.7
  1. a ND = no data. b The region Oceania (including developing countries Guam, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) was excluded, as nationally representative breastfeeding data were not available for any developing countries in Oceania.