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
Source: ISD Scotland, CHSP-PS Nov 2010, Ref: IR2011-00160.
Percentage exclusively breastfeeding at 6-8 week review