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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16238: Dugdale, Kezia (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 3 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to deliver flexible, community-based support to breastfeeding mothers, and how it monitors the effectiveness of this.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 15 May 2018

The Scottish Government continues to support women to breastfeed as the normal nutrition for babies. That is why we have been working to improve the quality of support through a number of initiatives, including our commitment in the Programme for Government 2017 “to increase resources for breastfeeding to support mothers, particularly in the days immediately following birth, and supporting the Maternal and Infant Nutrition Framework”.

The Scottish Government’s Maternal and Infant Nutrition Framework (2011) outlines the measures that should be taken by all organisations working with families to ensure that every parent is supported to give their baby the very best nutritional start in life and ask NHS Boards to report annually on progress.

It is for each NHS Board to plan services to meet the needs of its population. Most health boards have infant feeding advisors and/or peer support coordinators who will provide support to mothers, regardless of the choices the mothers make in how they feed their infants.