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NICE formal guidance on maternal and child nutrition.

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This is the Breastfeeding JSNA Indicator Sheet (May 2015) from the Child and Maternal Health section. JSNA Indicator Sheets summarise the current position and recent trends for Bolton, comparators to Bolton, and inequalities across population groups and geographical areas of Bolton.


  • Bolton has higher breastfeeding rates at both initiation and 6-8 weeks than is average for the North West region, but the Bolton prevalence is much lower than the national average in both cases;
  • Over recent years, breastfeeding initiation has been increasing but prevalence at 6-8 weeks is more static locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • In Bolton there persists an inequality gradient between the most and least deprived fifths of the population with breastfeeding at initiation and 6-8 weeks significantly higher for the least deprived;
  • This inequality translates across the geography of Bolton with the more deprived predominantly White British areas having a lower prevalence of breastfeeding (Breightmet, Farnworth etc.).

This breastfeeding profile for primary care trust areas in Greater Manchester shows performance against a range of indicators describing demographic, breastfeeding and health data for mothers and their children. It provides information for individuals working to promote breastfeeding in their local population including commissioners, policy makers, infant feeding leads and service providers. By using the information contained within the profile, local organisations can work in partnership to plan and commission evidence-based breastfeeding services based on local need.

A health equity audit looking at population level inequalities in breastfeeding in Bolton mothers using both Royal Bolton Hospital Foundation Trust Maternity Department and NHS Bolton Child Health data.

In depth analytical topic report from the Public Health Intelligence Team into an equity audit analysis into the prevalence at breastfeeding in mothers in Bolton at the various feeding stages.

Statistical data at PCT, SHA and national level relating to breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks.

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