During Breastfeeding Awareness Week in Scotland, NHS Lothian was presented their Baby Friendly award from Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, marking 100% accreditation for the country.
The 100% accreditation follows on from positive results of Scotland’s Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey which saw what a positive impact Baby Friendly practices were having on breastfeeding rates.
According to the survey, the number of babies receiving breastmilk at six months increased from 32% in 2010 to 43% in 2017.
Results also showed that 86% of all mothers and babies in Scotland have skin-to-skin contact at birth.
Scotland’s Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell, said: “I am delighted to present this highly acclaimed award, which recognises the dedication and hard work of NHS Lothian staff. It is a great accomplishment for all those involved.
“With this award confirmed, Scotland has now achieved 100% accreditation in our maternity units and community partnerships due to the dedication and professionalism of our frontline healthcare staff, who are actively supporting, promoting and protecting breastfeeding in their local areas to help all babies and new mothers who want to breastfeed to do so for as long as they wish to.
“It’s so important to highlight that there is breastfeeding support available all over the country, and it is particularly fitting to hear about their experiences during the Scottish Breastfeeding Awareness Week.”
Scotland’s Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey results can be viewed here.
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