The SNP Scottish Government is working hard to improve already high breastfeeding rates.
After the UK-wide Infant Feeding survey was scrapped, the Scottish Government introduced the Scottish Infant Feeding Survey to continue monitoring levels of breastfeeding.
Of babies born in 2016-17, 41 per cent were still being breastfed after six to eight weeks – the highest rate since 2001.
Scotland is the only country in the UK to have specific legislation in place that prevents discrimination against women who breastfeed in public. But we know that legislation alone won’t change attitudes.
The Scottish Government have given Health Boards an additional £2 million funding to prevent or manage common issues which can affect how long mums breastfeed for. This investment is in addition to the £2.3 million the Scottish Government provides annually to NHS health boards to implement a range of measures to support breastfeeding.
Additionally, the SNP Scottish Government is providing £300,000 to Scotland’s donor milk bank to provide vital supplies for premature and ill babies – benefiting more than 700 of the most vulnerable babies a year.
We have also included guidance for breastfeeding in Scotland’s Baby Box, which all babies in Scotland are now provided with. Scotland’s Baby Box aims to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents. You can read more about Scotland’s Baby Box here.