Return to QS37 Overview

Postnatal care [QS37]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Statement: 5

Women receive breastfeeding support from a service that uses an evaluated, structured programme.

Quality standard measure: Rates of breastfeeding initiation.
What was measured: Breastfeeding initiation rates
Data collection end: March 2014
73.8%
Number that met the criteria: 111088 / 150590
Area covered: England
Source: NHS England - Statistical release breastfeeding initiation and breastfeeding prevalence 6-8 weeks

Quality standard measure: Rates of breastfeeding initiation.
What was measured: Proportion of babies born between 34 weeks and 36 weeks who receive breast milk at their first feed.
Data collection end: March 2016
61.5%
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Quality standard measure: Rates of breastfeeding initiation.
What was measured: Proportion of babies born between 37 weeks and 42 weeks who receive breast milk at their first feed.
Data collection end: March 2016
74.7%
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Quality standard measure: Rates of breastfeeding initiation.
What was measured: The proportion of babies with a recorded first feed of either maternal or donor breast milk.
Data collection end: March 2017
74%
Number that met the criteria: 195924 / 264860
Data collection end: March 2018
74.2%
Number that met the criteria: 289008 / 389250
Area covered: England
Source: NHS Digital. NHS Maternity Statistics.

Quality standard measure: Women's satisfaction with breastfeeding support.
What was measured: The proportion of women who answered 'Yes, always' to the question ' Did you feel that midwives and other health professionals gave you active support and encouragement about feeding your baby?'
Data collection end: February 2015
63%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. Survey of women's experiences of maternity care.

Quality standard measure: Women's satisfaction with breastfeeding support.
What was measured: The proportion of women who answered 'Yes, always' to the question ' Did you feel that midwives and other health professionals gave you active support and encouragement about feeding your baby?'
Data collection end: February 2017
64%
Data collection end: February 2018
63%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. Survey of women's experiences of maternity care.

Quality standard measure: Rates of exclusive or partial breastfeeding on discharge from hospital and at 5–7 days, 10–15 days, 6–8 weeks and 16 weeks after the birth.
What was measured: Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator 2.02ii: Proportion of all infants due a 6-8 week check that are totally or partially breastfed.
Data collection end: March 2014
45.8%
Data collection end: March 2015
43.8%
Data collection end: March 2016
43.2%
Data collection end: March 2017
44.4%
Data collection end: March 2018
42.7%
Area covered: England
Source: Public Health England. Public Health Outcomes Framework

Quality standard measure: Rates of exclusive or partial breastfeeding on discharge from hospital and at 5–7 days, 10–15 days, 6–8 weeks and 16 weeks after the birth.
What was measured: Proportion of babies born between 34 weeks and 42 weeks who receive breast milk at discharge.
Data collection end: March 2016
69.9%
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Quality standard measure: Rates of exclusive or partial breastfeeding on discharge from hospital and at 5–7 days, 10–15 days, 6–8 weeks and 16 weeks after the birth.
What was measured: Proportion of babies born between 34 weeks and 36 weeks who receive breast milk at discharge.
Data collection end: March 2016
57.9%
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Quality standard measure: Rates of exclusive or partial breastfeeding on discharge from hospital and at 5–7 days, 10–15 days, 6–8 weeks and 16 weeks after the birth.
What was measured: Proportion of babies born between 37 weeks and 42 weeks who receive breast milk at discharge.
Data collection end: March 2016
70.5%
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Quality standard measure: Rates of breastfeeding initiation.
What was measured: Proportion of babies born between 34 weeks and 42 weeks who receive breast milk at their first feed.
Data collection end: March 2016
74.1%
Area covered: Great Britain
Source: The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Quality standard measure: Rates of breastfeeding initiation.
What was measured: The proportion of babies with a recorded first feed as either maternal or donor breast milk.
Data collection end: December 2018
74%
Area covered: England
Source: Maternity Services Monthly Statistics, England - Experimental statistics.


Statement: 6

Information about bottle feeding is discussed with women or main carers of formula‑fed babies.

Quality standard measure: Women's and main carers' satisfaction with feeding support.
What was measured: The proportion of women who answered 'Yes, always' to the question ' Did you feel that midwives and other health professionals gave you active support and encouragement about feeding your baby?'
Data collection end: February 2015
63%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. Survey of women's experiences of maternity care.

Quality standard measure: Women's and main carers' satisfaction with feeding support.
What was measured: The proportion of women who answered 'Yes, always' to the question ' Did you feel that midwives and other health professionals gave you active support and encouragement about feeding your baby?'
Data collection end: February 2017
64%
Data collection end: February 2018
63%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. Survey of women's experiences of maternity care.



 Return to QS37 Overview