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Healthy babies

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.

Why breastfeed

A healthy start gives babies a much better chance to go on to enjoy good health throughout their lives.

Breastfed babies have less chance of developing diarrhoea, vomiting, chest and ear infections, constipation and eczema. They are also less likely to become obese later in life.

For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding visit the following websites:

We recognise that breastfeeding is not always easy for everyone and there are support groups that can help you along the way.

The NCT, a charity for parents, offers breastfeeding and other parental support. Visit their website to find your nearest NCT branch.

Look for breastfeeding support groups in your area:

Would you like help?

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