Table 1

Among last-born children who were born in the last 2 years before the survey, percentage of live singleton births delivered by caesarean section, prevalence of early initiation of breastfeeding, prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding under 6 months and prevalence of children ever breastfed, 33 sub-Saharan African countries (2010–2017/2018)

CountryYear of DHSCaesarean section rate
(%)
Prevalence of early initiation of BF
(%)
Prevalence of exclusive BF under 6 months
(%)
Prevalence of children ever breastfed
(%)
Ethiopia20162.673.557.896.9
Namibia201315.671.548.795.8
Burkina Faso20102.042.324.799.2
Burundi2016–20175.385.483.699.0
Togo2013–20147.160.857.198.1
Benin2017–20184.954.341.596.7
Cameroon20114.739.820.297.4
Comoros201211.433.812.593.1
Congo Bra2011–20126.623.520.694.8
Congo DR2013–20145.152.247.798.2
Cote d'Ivoire2011–20122.931.012.496.8
Gabon201210.132.66.189.9
Senegal2010–20114.848.339.297.8
Gambia20131.951.746.898.8
Ghana201412.055.652.798.4
Guinea20123.016.420.798.1
Liberia20134.161.655.898.4
Mali2012–20132.957.933.897.3
Mozambique20113.976.841.397.4
Niger20121.253.223.398.9
Nigeria20132.133.317.597.9
Rwanda2014–201513.080.888.098.8
Sierra Leone20133.854.432.597.2
Zambia2014–20154.565.973.097.8
Chad2014–20151.523.00.398.1
Angola2015–20163.948.437.595.0
Tanzania2015–20166.351.559.298.4
Zimbabwe20155.758.047.398.4
Malawi2015–20166.476.761.297.9
Lesotho20149.965.366.995.4
Kenya20148.062.361.998.8
Uganda20167.266.265.697.6
South Africa201624.367.632.284.4
  • BF, breastfeeding; Congo Bra, Congo-Brazzaville; Congo DR, Democratic Republic of the Congo; DHS, Demographic and Health Surveys.