This site is intended for health professionals only

Baby born every 48 seconds in England, data reveals

There are around 651,000 children born in England each year, or on average one every 48 seconds, new data into the health of babies and children revealed today.

The report from the Health and Social Care Institute has pulled together the most recent data on pregnancy and young people to give a snapshot on young people's health is the UK.

By four months, 28% of mothers had begun weaning their babies onto solid foods and by five months this had risen to 75%.  However, the RCN endorses the recommendations from the World Health Organization that exclusive breastfeeding should be continued for the first six months of an infant's life.

The percentage of mothers breastfeeding initially has increased from 78% in 2005 to 83%. The breastfeeding rate was lowest in north east England at 65% and highest in London at 94%.

The average age of a first time mother is now 28 across England and Wales, steadily rising from 23 in 1969.

The research also showed that children are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, however the proportions of children eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day has increased. For five to seven year olds this has increased from 9% in 2003 to 17% in 2013. In eight to 10 year olds this has increased from 10 to 20% over the same period.

For the full research click here