69% of newborns are breast feed while in hospital. It drops at 54% at 1 month old and 32% at 3 mo.
Not sure why... Probably a mix of woman going back to full time work quite quickly after the birth (2.5 months post partum) and a society post feminist liberation.
The main idea in France is that the mother has the choice to do whatever she pleased. Some people also do disagree with the breast is best and WHO campaigns about BF.
However I believe that for those that chose to BF the support in hospital is there and they tend to wait for mums milk to come in before discharge.