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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13407: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it encourages and supports employers in the manufacturing sector to provide high-quality facilities for breastfeeding mothers.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 9 January 2018

The Scottish Government supports breastfeeding mothers through a number of initiatives including: publication of the Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: A Framework for Action (2011) and funding NHS boards to implement a range of breastfeeding support activities and interventions; appointment of a National Maternal and Infant Nutrition Co-ordinator to coordinate breastfeeding improvement activity; funding a Lead Officer post from UNICEF to support the implementation of the UNICEF BFI Standards across Scotland; the launch of a replacement of the Feedgood factor website in June 2016 and providing funding to support the National Breastfeeding Helpline.

The Scottish Government produced a leaflet on the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 which was issued to all employers in Scotland in 2006. It explains the implications of the Act for employers and employees and encourages employers to offer assistance to breastfeeding mothers. The leaflet is available online.

The recently published 2017 Programme for Government contains a commitment to provide additional resource to support breastfeeding. This will be used to update existing approaches including engagement with employers.