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Parliamentary debates and questions

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

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.

  • 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.

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