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23/02/2018

Scottish Mothers Breastfeed For Longer - Report

Mothers in Scotland are continuing to breastfeed up to six months after birth, according to a new report.

The Scottish maternal and infant nutrition survey 2017 found 43% of mums are still breastfeeding their babies at six months, compared to 32% in 2010.

It also reveals that complementary foods are being introduced to infants later 46% at least six months which is an important development for helping prevent obesity.

RCM director for Scotland Mary Ross-Davie said that while she welcomes this report, it shows that there is still work to be done. "I am encouraged to see that the numbers of women wishing to breastfeed and successfully breastfeeding continues to increase in Scotland," she said.

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"However, inequalities between the least and most deprived women in our society persist, with women living with deprivation least likely to breastfeed. This highlights the need to continue and redouble our efforts to support women in all communities to understand the benefits of breastfeeding and to be supported to breastfeed if they chose to do so."

The survey highlights that while many of the respondents experienced some challenges with breastfeeding at some point, the great majority of these women (89%) said that they got the help and support they needed.

The survey reveals the nutritional habits of Scottish women prior to getting pregnant and shows that just over half of respondents (53%) reported taking folic acid.

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"Mothers in Scotland are continuing to breastfeed up to six months after birth, according to a new report."