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S5W-16237: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to encourage new mothers to breastfeed, and how it monitors the effectiveness of this.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 15 May 2018

The Scottish Government is committed to supporting breastfeeding by new mothers through a range of activities which include:

  • The publication of the Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: A Framework for Action (2011). As part of the implementation of the Framework the Scottish Government appointed a National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Co-ordinator to coordinate the breastfeeding improvement activity and to link with other partners across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
  • The Scottish Government launched a replacement of the previous Feedgood factor website in June 2016. http://www.feedgood.scot
  • The Scottish Government also provides funding to support the National Breastfeeding Helpline. http://www.nationalbreastfeedinghelpline.org.uk/ and other third sector organisations such as the NCT, to offer peer support in the community
  • The Scottish Government supported the development of the “Off to a Good Start” booklet http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/120.aspx published by NHS Health Scotland and provided to all new mothers early in their pregnancy.

These activities are monitored through regular reporting with each organisation as well as national statistics. We also recently commissioned a National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey and this will be used to identify key areas to focus activity and drive improvement.