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Breastfeeding statistics for Windsor and Essex County are presented below.

Table 1: Percentage of Mothers Who Exclusively Breastfed Their Babies for Various Time Periods, 2007-2012
Time Period  % 95% CI
Did not breastfeed baby 26.8 E  16.4-40.6
Exclusively BF for 1 week or more 60.7 48.1-72.0
Exclusively BF for 5 weeks or more 53.5 41.8-64.8
Exclusively BF for 12 weeks or more 49.0 37.7-60.4
Exclusively BF for 16 weeks or more  37.7 E 25.9-51.1
Exclusively BF for 20 weeks or more 26.8 E  17.5-38.8
Exclusively BF for 6 months or more 17.3 E 9.5-29.5

E Interpret with caution due to high sampling variability. 
BF = breastfed. 
Note. Percent column totals do not sum to 100.

Table 2: Length of Time Mothers Who Breastfed or Tried to Breastfeed Report Breastfeeding Their Babies, Percentage Includes Exclusive and Non-Exclusive Breastfeeding, 2007-2012
Time Period % 95% CI
Breastfed for 1 month or more 83.0 74.5-89.1
Breastfed for 3 months or more 69.9 59.0-78.9
Breastfed for 4 months or more 57.0 46.2-67.1
 Breastfed for 6 months or more  47.8  37.2-58.6
Breastfed for more than 1 year 15.0 E 8.4-25.2

E Interpret with caution due to high sampling variability. 
Note. Percent column totals do not sum to 100.

Data Notes

1. Data Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, [2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012], Share File, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

2. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collects data through participant self-report. Data collected through self-report can be biased due to inaccurate memory or because of social desirability. Social desirability happens when individuals answer questions in a manner that they think will be viewed favourably, and is more likely to occur when individuals are answering sensitive questions. 

3. 95% CI = 95% confidence interval. The 95% confidence interval provides a range within which we are 95% confident that the true population proportion (%) falls. If a stated result percentage is 18% with a 95% CI of 15.0-21.0%, we can be 95% confident that the true percentage lies within the range of 15.0% to 21.0%. The wider the confidence interval, the more variability there is, and the less precise the estimate.

4. Not Stated, Refused, and Don’t Know responses were excluded from analysis. 

5. Data was collected from CCHS participants aged 15 to 55 who gave birth in the 5 years preceding their participation in the CCHS.

6. The geographical area of Windsor-Essex County represents the population of the entire county of Essex and includes all municipalities within the county.