The breastfeeding rate in Scotland has increased from 36% in 2001/02 to 42% in 2017/18, but the rate is still lower than recommended levels, according to the latest statistics.
Babies being breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks in Scotland has increased, according to statistics from Infant Feeding Statistics Scotland.
The statistics showed that 64% of babies were breastfed for any length of time following birth.
The latest figures also show that 51% of babies were being breastfed at the point of First Visit (10-14 days), an increase from 44% recorded in 2001/02.
The findings have been published shortly after Scotland become the first country in the UK to achieve 100% Baby Friendly Accreditation.
The Infant Feeding Statistics Scotland’s latest publication says: “There is good evidence that interventions can work to improve breastfeeding rates. Overall, it is likely that comprehensive approaches that consider a wide range of issues will be most effective.”
The study also showed that white Scottish babies were less likely to be breastfed than any other ethnic group.
It also said that breastfeeding rates in the country were higher in the East and North in comparison to the West and South.
The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £2 million investment for breastfeeding support.
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