Dundee and Angus Breastfeeding rates : MSP questions Scottish Government

2 March 2011

Marlyn Glen is raising with the Scottish Government the resources available in Dundee and Angus for promoting breastfeeding.

Ms. Glen was responding to figures that show that breastfeeding rates in Dundee and Angus are not achieving targets set by the Scottish Government.

A target of 35 per cent of all babies exclusively breast-fed at the 6-8 week review was set for the NHS Tayside area for 2010-11.

However, the highest figure reached in the past year in Dundee has been 24 per cent and in Angus 25 per cent.

Ms. Glen, who was a sponsor of the Breastfeeding (Scotland) Act said,

"Breastfeeding has numerous advantages for babies in providing all the necessary nutrients for healthy development.

"The decision to breastfeed or not can depend on a series of factor such access to reliable information, support available from breastfeeding networks, and facilities to breastfeed away from home .

"Amongst teenage mothers, regardless of social background, there may be less access to these types of support than older mothers have.

"It is important that the message of the benefits of breastfeeding are continually stressed and examples provided."

 

NHS Tayside: Exclusive Breastfeeding at the Six to Eight Week Review1 by Community Health Partnership

 

NHS Tayside

Angus

Dundee

Perth and Kinross

Birth Quarter Ending

Number of Reviews

% Exclusively Breastfed

Number of Reviews

% Exclusively Breastfed

Number of Reviews

% Exclusively Breastfed

Number of Reviews

% Exclusively Breastfed

June 2007

997

29.4

315

27.6

361

21.3

322

40.1

September 2007

1,071

27.4

285

25.3

411

22.1

375

34.7

December 2007

1,041

25.5

304

23.7

401

18.7

336

35.1

March 2008

1,054

25.5

291

28.5

396

15.7

367

33.8

June 2008

1,033

27.6

315

27

406

21.2

312

36.5

September 2008

1,111

26.9

298

25.8

450

23.1

364

32.7

December 2008

1,045

24.3

286

23.8

398

20.6

361

28.8

March 2009

994

26.9

279

26.5

398

22.6

317

32.5

June 2009

1,041

27.8

276

25.7

411

22.6

354

35.3

September 2009

1,127

27

329

27.4

444

25.7

354

28.2

December 2009

1,003

25.7

278

22.3

398

22.6

327

32.4

March 2010

1,009

26.4

261

26.1

409

22.5

339

31.3

Source: ISD Scotland, CHSP-PS Nov 2010, Ref: IR2011-00160.

Percentage exclusively breastfeeding at 6-8 week review

  March 2010 June 2010 September 2010

Angus

25.4

24.6

24.8

Dundee

23.4

23.5

22.6

Perth & Kinross

31.8

30.6

31.8

 

 

 


 

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