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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

Key messages

  • 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