According to a UNICEF statement, only 41.6 percent of women breastfeed within the first hour of childbirth in India.
Besides, while over 79 percent of women deliver in a health institution, only 41.6 percent of them breastfeed within the first hour.
The UN body released a new analysis on the number of babies missing out on breastfeeding which found that approximately 7.6 million babies each year were not breastfed globally. The analysis noted that babies were much more likely to be breastfed at least once in low- and-middle-income countries like Bhutan (99 percent), Madagascar (99 percent) and Peru (99 percent) than those born in Ireland (55 percent), the US (74 percent) or Spain (77 percent).The US alone accounts for more than one-third of the 2.6 million babies in high-income countries who were never breastfed. According to the Unicef, 95 percent of children in India at some point were breastfed in their early years.
The National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data indicates that 54.9 percent children are exclusively breastfed and exclusive breastfeeding is on an average for 2.9 months. Use of water and other fluids is one the main reasons for discontinuation of exclusive breastfeeding.