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Bolton JSNA Indicator Sheet: Breastfeeding


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.).

Information Type

JSNA Indicator Sheet

Geographical Level


Population Level



Public Health Intelligence Team, Bolton Council


JSNA Indicator Sheet, Infant Nutrition, Breastfeeding



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