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Reduction in Breastfeeding Rates Written Answer, 21/01/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Richard Simpson's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government whether rates of breastfeeding exclusively are reducing and, if so, what information it has on the reasons for the reduction.

The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt replied that the percentage of children exclusively breastfed at the first visit has gradually decreased from 38.6% in 2004-05 to 35.4% in 2013-14. Over the same period the percentage of children exclusively breastfed at the six to eight week review has remained broadly similar at around 27%.
Information on exclusive breastfeeding at the child health programme first visit (which takes place at around 10 days of age) and six to eight week review is published on the Information Services Division website in table 1 and table 2 respectively:
http://www.isdscotland.org/Health-Topics/Child-Health/Publications/2014-10-28/BF-hb-financial-oct14.xls
No information is collected nationally about the reasons for the reduction.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 21 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 21 January 2015