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Infant Feeding Survey 2023

The Department of Health and Social Care has commissioned Ipsos to run a new Infant Feeding Survey for England.

In late February 2024, approximately 22,000 mothers who gave birth in December 2023 will receive letters inviting them to take part in a survey on how they feed their babies, where they get advice on feeding, their pregnancy and their lifestyle.

The Infant Feeding Survey (IFS) has previously been conducted every five years between 1975 and 2010. The 2023 survey will be the ninth national survey of infant feeding practices. The survey will provide valuable information on infant feeding behaviours and related factors including:

  • Internationally comparable data on prevalence and duration of breastfeeding
  • The use of foods and drinks other than breastmilk
  • Infant feeding help and information received by mothers
  • Information about breast and bottle feeding in public places
  • Parental leave, return to work, working hours and facilities provided for expressing and storing breastmilk, or breastfeeding at work
  • Additional lifestyle factors

To find out more about the survey, or to opt out visit the Ipsos infant feeding survey webpage or take a look at this Department of Health and Social Care leaflet.


This page was last reviewed on 23-02-2024

This page will be next reviewed on 23-02-2027