Latin America: breastfeeding prevalence in young children 2012-2018

Within Latin America and the Caribbean, South America is presumed to be the subregion with the highest prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding among young infants. The share of children aged five or younger who were exclusively breastfed in South America amounted to more than 36 percent in 2012, well above the regional average, which stood at 30.7 percent. In 2018, the Caribbean subregion showed a decrease of 3.6 percent in the exclusive breastfeeding prevalence, compared to 2012. In turn, in Central America, the share of young infants exclusively breastfed increased from 21.3 percent in 2012 to almost 34 percent, showing an improvement of 12.6 percentage points.

Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding among infants aged up to 5 years old in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012 and 2018, by subregion

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Release date

August 2019


Central and South America

Survey time period

2012 and 2018

Age group

0-5 years

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Supplementary notes

* Figures for South America and the total regional average are not available.
Regional estimates are only available when more than 50 percent of population is covered.

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