New findings from the Becoming Breastfeeding-Friendly process in Scotland highlight positive policy for infant feeding, including the Baby Friendly Initiative
A new review on behalf of the Scottish Becoming Breastfeeding-Friendly committee highlights the nation’s strong political commitment and scaling-up environment for the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding, evidenced by its effective leadership, strong infant feeding policies and investment in implementing the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly standards in services across the country.
To support these existing policies and to overcome challenges which remain in Scotland including low breastfeeding rates and socioeconomic and regional inequalities, the Scottish Becoming Breastfeeding-Friendly committee outlined three key recommendations on:
- maintaining effective leadership, strong policies and significant investment in supporting breastfeeding
- strengthening and coordinating breastfeeding messages between government, health services and the third sector; and
- promoting a supportive return to work environment.
The report also supported the implementation of the Baby Friendly standards in services across Scotland, saying:
Investment by the government in 100% coverage of the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative signifies a robust political and financial commitment to breastfeeding in Scotland.
To read more on the outcomes of this review, access the full report here.