Longford mothers prefer breast-feeding according to figures released this week by the ESRI (Economic and Social Research Institute). Of a total of 693 births to Longford mothers recorded in 2010, 328 were breastfed while 323 opted for artificial feeding. The remaining babies were received a combination of both.
The report, which is titled ‘The Perinatal Statistics Report, 2010’, shows that nationally almost 46 percent of babies were exclusively breastfed at discharge from hospital. There were 75,600 births notified in 2010, compared to 58,261 in 2001. The report further states that Ireland has the highest birth rate of any of the 27 EU countries at 16.8 per 1,000 population.
In Longford of all births recorded 468 mothers were married, 211 single, and the remainder widowed, divorced or separated.
From a national perspective, 26 percent of women delivered by caesarean section in 2010, compared to 21 percent in 2001. The average age of women giving birth has increased from 30.3 years (2001) to 31.5 (2010).