Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding contributes to the health of both mother and child. Current national and international guidance recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life.

  • Public Health England (PHE) Data

PHE publishes quarterly breastfeeding statistics which can be accessed here. PHE also publishes a range of indicators related to breastfeeding, categorised by demographics, risk factors and outcomes. The indicators can be accessed here.

  • Data from Oldham Council’s Business Intelligence Service

Oldham’s most recent breastfeeding briefing was published in July 2018 and can be read here.

Oldham in Profile 2019 highlights the following points:

— Breastfeeding in Oldham is currently significantly below the national average. 2016/17 figures show 66.6% of mothers breastfeed at initiation (compared to 74.5% nationally).

Oldham’s breastfeeding rate at 6-8 weeks remains below the England average. The data for 2017/18 for Oldham shows that 38.4% of mothers are breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks, compared to 44.4% for England.

— There is a wide variation in breastfeeding rates across Oldham wards in 2017/18. Rates are broadly higher in wards with less deprivation and/or high South Asian populations, in line with national trends.

— Only Werneth, Saddleworth North, Coldhurst, and Saddleworth South have rates higher than the national average. At 60%, Saddleworth South has over triple the rate of Royton North, which has a rate of just 18.8%.

— Breastfeeding rates across Oldham’s electoral wards are displayed in the graph below:

Breastfed at 6-8 weeks 1718