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Scotland: Experts rate breastfeeding support in Scotland

05 July 2019

Support available to breastfeeding mums in Scotland has scored highly in an expert review of current services.

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The Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) Scottish committee awarded a 2.4 rating out of three, saying there is a ‘strong’ environment for scaling up the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in Scotland.

It notes that breastfeeding rates remain relatively low, but have improved from 44% in 2001-02, to 51% of mothers reporting breastfeeding to a health visitor at 10 to 14 days in 2017-18.

Eight recommendations for further improvement were made, including ensuring women have equal access to registered support providers, and the creation of a network of breastfeeding advocates across Scotland.

The committee also called for sufficient ring-fenced funding for breastfeeding support, and for gaps in data to be addressed – including extending data on breastfeeding children up to two years old.
 

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