Thailand - Exclusive breastfeeding (% of children under 6 months)

Exclusive breastfeeding (% of children under 6 months) in Thailand was 23.04 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 29 years was 23.04 in 2016, while its lowest value was 3.60 in 1995.

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.

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Year Value
1987 5.30
1995 3.60
2005 5.40
2006 5.35
2009 15.10
2012 12.30
2013 12.26
2016 23.04

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


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition