There is a clear case for investing in services to support breastfeeding as part of local child health strategies, particularly for mothers from low income groups.
Breastfeeding protects the health of baby and mother, and reduces the risk of illness. Infants who are not breastfed are more likely to have infections in the short-term, such as gastroenteritis, respiratory and ear infections. In the longer term, infants who are not breastfed are more likely to become obese putting them at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, and having high levels of blood pressure and cholesterol in adulthood.
For mothers, breastfeeding is associated with a reduction in the risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
It is the best form of nutrition, and exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months (26 weeks) of an infant's life.
This Public Health England breastfeeding profile for local areas highlights performance against a range of indicators describing demographic, breastfeeding behaviour and health outcome data for mothers and their children. When you first open the profile no data are shown. To view data click the Area button to display a list of areas, click on Derby and then click the Area button again to hide the list.
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Of note for Derby is the significantly lower proportion of deliveries to mothers aged 35 and over; significantly lower rate of breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks; significantly higher rate of infant mortality.
More positively, there are significantly fewer admissions for gastrointestinal and respiratory infections in certain infant age groups; significantly fewer admissions for babies aged under 14 days; significantly lower proportion of births delivered by Caesarean section.