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Families' income, wellbeing, housing and relationships are all important influences on a baby’s health, both before and after birth. We work together with partner organisations to improve living conditions for families and the health of our children:

  • We have developed the Starting Well programme which includes initiatives to support mothers to give up smoking and breastfeed.
  • We are working with health professionals to run the Six Week Breastfeeding Challenge  campaign to help support mums through the early days of breastfeeding
  • We are running Safer Sleep for Baby to ensure that Lancashire’s babies sleep safely. This will reduce the risk of sudden infant death.
  • Our NHS partners offer:
    • screening for all newborns for conditions including cystic fibrosis
    • checks on babies' physical development
    • free, lifesaving vaccinations for all babies and young children

The facts

  • The rate of infant mortality in Lancashire is 4.9 deaths per 1000 live births. Very similar to England as a whole. There has been an increase in some districts.
  • The percentage of full-term babies born with a low birth weight is 2.75% of live births. Similar to the England average.
  • 68.1% of all Lancashire mums breastfeed their babies within 48 hours of birth. This is a little way behind the 74% average across England.