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.


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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