Breastfeeding Rates

17 June 2014

Breastfeeding rates for babies at 6-8 weeks in Dundee and Angus have been below the Scottish Government’s national target for those breastfed exclusively at 6 weeks in the past two years.

The Scottish Government  target figure is 32.7%

However, the NHS Tayside figures show that the percentage of babies exclusively breastfed at 6-8 weeks in Dundee has ranged between 19.0 and  25.1 per cent in the period September 2011- September 2013.

The latest  figure , for September 2013 , was 22.0 per cent.

The figures in Angus range between 21.4 and 28.9  per cent in the period September 2011- September 2013.

The latest  figure , for September 2013 , was 28.9 per cent.

Councillor Lesley Brennan, who is a health economist , commented :

“Study after study has shown the health benefits that breastfeeding can provide for both child and mother.

“It is important that new mothers be given as much information, support and encouragement as possible to breastfeed.”

"It is the best nutritional start for young babies.

“The Dundee Infant Feeding Study has been publicised by UNICEF. “It found that ‘exclusive breast feeding is associated with a significant reduction in childhood respiratory illness’

“It also found that it ‘reduces the risk of excessive weight and high blood pressure’ in childhood .”

click on the image above for more information on the Dundee Infant Feeding Study


 

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