Child and Maternal Health

Scottish Breastfeeding Awareness Week 18-22 June 2018 – Round up

June 27, 2018 by No Comments | Category breastfeeding, Nutrition

Along with our partners, the Scottish Government celebrated Scottish Breastfeeding Awareness Week last week. We were proud to announce that Scotland has become the first country in the UK to achieve full UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation in all of its maternity and community health visiting services, following NHS Lothian receiving the honour.  The accreditation demonstrates that health boards across the country are providing new mums and babies with the best possible support and care.

Scotland’s donor milk bank will receive up to £300,000 to provide vital supplies for premature and ill babies. The Scottish Government funding will benefit more than 700 of the most vulnerable babies a year, allowing them to be fed breastmilk for a longer period of time to reduce their health risks associated with being sick and premature. It will also help babies whose mothers have early feeding challenges, as they will now be able to get access to the donor breastmilk.

We launched two leaflets to support breastfeeding. The first provided refreshed information about feeding a child in public and private spaces:

Information for New Mothers, Pregnant Women and Families – Information about Feeding a Child in Public and Private Spaces

The second addressed concerns that some mums may have about milk supply. We intend to evaluate feedback on how useful mum’s have found the leaflet about milk supply. You can find the survey here

Dobbies Garden Centres was the first UK-wide supporter of ‘Breastfeed Here with Confidence’ scheme. Dobbies are championing the rights of mothers to feed their children in warm, comfortable spaces, and to feel supported, encouraged and welcome to do so.

For breastfeeding support contact the National Breastfeeding Helpline Tel: 0300 100 0212 or visit the Scottish National Breastfeeding website Feedgood which offers useful advice and links to other resources for pregnant women and new mothers.

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