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

Healthy Start

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

Find out more and apply on the Healthy Start NHS website.

If you have any questions or have any difficulties with applying you can come to one of the Healthy Start digital sessions at our libraries for help.

Feeding your baby

Where to find information and support for breastfeeding.


Why vaccinations are important for your child and where to find more information.

Maternity services

Local midwives and maternity services.

Health visiting

Health visitors provide support through the first five years of your child's life.