- Each year there are around 4,000 births to Wakefield mums
- Breastfeeding rates in Wakefield District are low
- Around half of women living in Wakefield District start to breastfeed their baby
- Around a third of women living in Wakefield District are breastfeeding when their baby is 6 weeks old
- Women living in the most deprived areas in Wakefield District have the lowest breastfeeding rates
- Young mums are least likely to breastfeed
- Antenatal support - Visit to mothers prior to giving birth on a one to one basis . Also run independent session for expectant parents, and their supporters, who are interested in finding out more about breastfeeding. Attend existing antenatal groups by invitation.
- Hospital support at Pinderfields General Hospital -FAB Peer Supporters work on the maternity wards between the hours of 9am-3pm 7 days per week to support all breastfeeding mums.
- One to one home visits - FAB aim to contact every breastfeeding mother within 48 hours of discharge to offer breastfeeding support tailored to individual needs.
- Daily Drop-in at FAB - 19-20 Westmorland House, Brook Street, Wakefield, WF1 1QW (Opposite Olde England Fisheries) - to be updated?
- 24 hour helpline Breastfeeding Support Groups -Details of these groups can be found on our FAB website http://www.familiesandbabies.org.uk/. FAB offer a 24 hour helpline for all mums in Wakefield, this is manned by trained staff and volunteers on a voluntary basis and the number is 01924 851901.
- Online Forum - New online forum for parents to access peer support online and also chat to other parents.
- Peer Supporter Training - FAB offer training opportunities to women who have breastfed and would like to support other mothers.
- FAB Centre - 19-20 Westmorland House, Brook Street, Wakefield, WF1 1QW (Opposite Olde England Fisheries) - to be updated?
Resources & Evidence
- Better beginnings: improving health for pregnancy
- Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend chatbot
- Healthy Child Programme: Pregnancy and the First 5 Years of Life (Government Publications, 2009)
- New Baby Friendly Initiative Standards (UNICEF, 2012)
- Antenatal care: routine care for the healthy pregnant woman (2008) NICE guideline CG 62
- Postnatal care: routine postnatal care of women and their babies (2006) NICE
- Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households (2008) NICE guideline PH11
- Tackling health inequalities in infant and maternal health outcomes: Report of the Infant Mortality National Support Team (Department of Health, 2010)
- Fair society, healthy lives: the Marmot Review: strategic review of health inequalities in England post 2010 (Marmot, 2010)
- Preventing disease and saving resources: the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK (UNICEF UK, 2012)
The PopulationOn average there are around 4,000 births each year in Wakefield. Most women are aged between 20 to 30 years when they give birth. Birth rates are higher in the more deprived areas in Wakefield. More information about births can be found on the following here. Maternal behaviours such as smoking, breastfeeding and maternal weight have an impact on the health and wellbeing of both the mother and baby. Breast feeding saves lives, protecting the health of babies and mothers immediately and over time. It reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death (SID) and babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop infections. Longer term benefits of breast milk include a reduced risk of becoming obese, developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. For mothers there is a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers and hip fractures in later life. In Wakefield District around half of women start breastfeeding their baby, this falls to around a third of women breastfeeding when their baby is 6 weeks old. The diagram below shows the difference in breastfeeding rates by age of the baby, you can interact with the data by selecting different years from the menu on the right. p>
The ChallengesBreastfeeding rates in Wakefield District are low; fewer women start to breastfeed their baby than in many other areas, and fewer women are still breastfeeding by the time their baby is 6 weeks old.
The way breastfeeding rates are measured has changed. Historically breastfeeding initiation was used to look at how many women were starting to breastfeed, this has now been replaced with two additional measures; baby's first feed (any breastmilk) and baby breastfed at discharge from hospital. Information showing how Wakefield District compares to other areas has not been published yet.