Exclusive breastfeeding (% of children under 6 months) - Country Ranking

Definition: Exclusive breastfeeding refers to the percentage of children less than six months old who are fed breast milk alone (no other liquids) in the past 24 hours.

Source: UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Croatia 98.13 2008
2 Rwanda 86.93 2015
3 Chile 84.50 2006
4 Burundi 82.33 2017
5 Sri Lanka 82.00 2016
6 Solomon Islands 76.20 2015
7 Vanuatu 72.60 2013
8 Zambia 72.02 2014
9 São Tomé and Principe 71.72 2014
10 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 71.40 2017
11 Samoa 70.30 2014
12 Kiribati 69.00 2009
13 Eritrea 68.70 2010
14 Nauru 67.20 2007
15 Lesotho 66.85 2014
16 Uganda 65.46 2016
17 Cambodia 65.21 2014
18 Uruguay 65.20 2011
19 Nepal 65.16 2017
20 Peru 64.20 2017
21 Eswatini 63.82 2014
22 Kenya 61.39 2014
23 Cabo Verde 59.60 2005
24 Malawi 59.44 2016
25 Tanzania 59.05 2016
26 Palau 59.00 1995
27 Mongolia 58.30 2016
27 Bolivia 58.30 2016
29 Turkmenistan 58.26 2016
30 Togo 57.18 2014
31 Ethiopia 56.52 2016
32 Papua New Guinea 56.10 2007
33 St. Kitts and Nevis 55.60 1998
34 Bangladesh 55.29 2014
35 India 54.87 2016
36 Georgia 54.80 2009
37 Sudan 54.60 2014
38 Liberia 54.58 2013
39 Guatemala 53.24 2015
40 Iran 53.10 2011
41 Guinea-Bissau 52.54 2014
42 Tonga 52.20 2012
43 Ghana 52.09 2014
44 Bhutan 51.40 2015
45 Myanmar 51.24 2016
46 Timor-Leste 50.17 2016
47 Burkina Faso 50.10 2014
48 Namibia 48.32 2013
49 Pakistan 47.47 2018
50 Dem. Rep. Congo 47.34 2014
51 Sierra Leone 47.16 2017
52 Zimbabwe 47.13 2015
53 Colombia 46.80 2005
54 The Gambia 46.78 2013
55 El Salvador 46.73 2014
56 Armenia 44.49 2016
57 Lao PDR 44.38 2017
58 Afghanistan 43.13 2016
59 Syrian Arab Republic 42.60 2009
60 Senegal 42.09 2017
61 Madagascar 41.90 2013
62 Benin 41.40 2018
63 Mauritania 41.15 2015
64 Mozambique 41.00 2013
64 Brazil 41.00 2008
66 Indonesia 40.93 2012
67 Kyrgyz Republic 40.89 2014
68 Malaysia 40.30 2016
69 Haiti 39.88 2017
70 Fiji 39.80 2004
71 Ecuador 39.60 2004
72 Egypt 39.54 2014
73 Grenada 39.00 1998
74 Kazakhstan 37.77 2015
75 Angola 37.38 2016
76 Mali 37.30 2017
77 Albania 36.54 2018
78 Moldova 36.37 2012
79 Tajikistan 35.80 2017
80 United States 34.70 2016
80 Tuvalu 34.70 2007
82 Guinea 34.19 2016
83 United Arab Emirates 34.00 1995
84 Bahrain 33.80 1995
85 Belize 33.16 2016
86 Central African Republic 32.98 2011
87 Congo 32.86 2015
88 Cuba 32.83 2014
89 Oman 32.80 2014
90 Costa Rica 32.54 2011
91 Argentina 31.95 2012
92 Nicaragua 31.70 2012
93 South Africa 31.61 2016
94 Saudi Arabia 31.00 1996
95 Honduras 30.75 2012
96 New Caledonia 30.60 2006
97 Mexico 30.14 2015
98 Turkey 30.10 2014
99 Paraguay 29.59 2016
100 Qatar 29.33 2012
101 Cameroon 28.03 2014
102 Morocco 27.80 2011
103 Philippines 27.00 2011
104 Iraq 25.82 2018
105 Jordan 25.40 2018
106 Algeria 25.39 2013
107 Vietnam 24.00 2014
108 Uzbekistan 23.78 2006
109 Jamaica 23.78 2011
110 Nigeria 23.33 2017
111 Niger 23.25 2012
112 Côte d'Ivoire 23.13 2016
113 Thailand 23.04 2016
114 North Macedonia 23.02 2011
115 Panama 21.46 2013
116 Guyana 21.10 2014
117 Mauritius 21.00 2002
118 Botswana 20.30 2008
119 Ukraine 19.73 2012
120 Barbados 19.70 2012
121 Belarus 19.03 2012
122 China 18.60 2013
123 Bosnia and Herzegovina 18.19 2012
124 Montenegro 16.78 2013
125 Romania 15.80 2004
126 Lebanon 14.80 2009
127 Serbia 12.84 2014
128 Djibouti 12.40 2012
129 Azerbaijan 12.10 2013
130 Kuwait 11.90 1996
131 Trinidad and Tobago 11.70 2006
132 Comoros 11.43 2012
133 Yemen 9.70 2013
134 Tunisia 8.49 2012
135 Equatorial Guinea 7.40 2011
136 Venezuela 7.10 1998
137 Somalia 5.30 2009
138 Gabon 5.08 2012
139 Dominican Republic 4.56 2014
140 St. Lucia 3.50 2012
141 Suriname 2.77 2010
142 Chad 0.11 2015

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Development Relevance: For optimal infant and young child feeding, mothers initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth, breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and continue to breastfeed for two years or more while providing nutritionally adequate, safe, and age-appropriate solid, semisolid, and soft foods. Breast milk alone contains all the nutrients, antibodies, hormones, and antioxidants an infant needs to thrive. It protects babies from diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, stimulates their immune systems and response to vaccination, and may confer cognitive benefits.

Limitations and Exceptions: Most of the data on breastfeeding are derived from household surveys. For the data that are from household surveys, the year refers to the survey year.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual