Diet and nutrition
What is the level of need in the population?
Healthy eating adults
Local data on the nutritional intake of the Stockton-on-Tees population is very limited as dietary surveillance is complicated and expensive.
About 58% of babies in Stockton-on-Tees get the best start in life by being breastfed at birth, significantly lower than the 75% in England. Although rates have tended to increase in Stockton-on-Tees, greater increases are seen in comparable areas and the gap is widening. In 2014/15, Stockton-on-Tees had the seventeeth lowest breastfeeding initiation rate of 262 local authority districts in England (NHS England, 2015). 64 local authorities failed to meet data quality standards.
By the time babies are six to eight weeks old, only about three in ten are being breastfed, less than the proportions breastfed in England and the North East. Of the mothers who start breastfeeding in Stockton about half have stopped by the time their baby is 6-8 weeks old compared with 56% in England. In 2014/15, Stockton-on-Tees had the twelfth lowest breastfeeding rate at 6-8 weeks of 150 local authority districts in England with recorded data (176 failed to meet data quality standards).
Within Stockton breastfeeding initiation ranges from less than 40% in Stainsby Hill and Roseworth wards to 85% in Northern Parishes ward. Most wards in Stockton have breastfeeding initiation rates below the England average. There are ten of Stockton’s 26 wards where less than half of mothers initiate breastfeeding (Source: Tees Public Health / North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust).
Stockton has a low rate of breastfeeding initiation and of the mothers who do initiate breastfeeding, a higher than average proportion stop breastfeeding before their baby is 2 months old.
In terms of Mosaic groups, more births are to women in group ‘O’ (Families in low-rise social housing with high levels of benefit need) than any other group. This group has the lowest level of breastfeeding initiation at just one in every five births and by 6-8 weeks as few as one in nine infants are being breastfed.
Using the Mosaic 'types' shows that the highest number of births is in Type O69 (Vulnerable young parents needing substantial state support), where over 80% of babies are not breastfed at all.