2.3.2 Rate of breastfeeding initiation by Indigenous mothers, by age and identity, Canada, 2007-2010

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Statistics Canada. Table 105-0512 – Health indicator profile, by Aboriginal identity, age group and sex, four year estimates, Canada, provinces and territories, occasional (rate).

In 2007-2010, 86% of First Nations aged 15 to 24 years who had a baby in the previous 5 years initiated breastfeeding.

That was the case for 81% of Métis women, 77% of Inuit women and 83% of non-Indigenous women in the same age group.

77% of First Nations women aged 25 to 44 years who had given birth in the previous 5 years initiated breastfeeding as did 77% of Métis and Inuit women and 89% of non-Indigenous women.