Breastfeeding is a major contributor to public health. It has an important role in the prevention of illness and reducing health inequalities.
Factsheet: Breastfeeding (PDF, 929kb)
Health Equity Audit: Breastfeeding Health Equity Audit for County Durham 2016
- In 2016/17, the percentage of women who start to breastfeed (56.0%) has fallen and remains lower than the England average (74.5%),
- The distribution of breastfeeding prevalence in County Durham is unequal; it is lower in the more deprived areas for initiation and both 10 days and 6-8 week prevalence.
Links to data
- Breastfeeding Overview, Public Health England
- Children & Young People’s Health Benchmarking Tool, Public Health England
- Local maternity unit data set, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Information Team
- Breastfeeding Health Equity Audit for County Durham 2016