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Scottish government doubles funding for breastfeeding



  A further £ 2 million to be made available

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A further £ 2 million will be used to solve problems that bring Scottish mothers to a halt

The funding to encourage more mothers in Scotland to breastfeed longer is expected to be nearly doubled.

The Scottish government has announced an additional 2 million investment.

The numbers show that last year 63% of babies were breastfed at some point, but the rate dropped to 41

% after six weeks.

The cash boost ahead of World Breastfeeding Week will go to health authorities to address issues where some mothers stop breastfeeding.

An NHS report Last year it became known that breastfeeding rates in Scotland were low compared to other countries worldwide.

The Scottish Government said they are already working to reduce the breastfeeding rate when babies are six to eight weeks old. until 2025.

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Older babies are fed by bottle

Recent figures show that 63% of Scottish-born babies were eventually breastfed in 2016-17 and 41% were breastfed after six to eight weeks.

Ministers are already providing GBP 2.3 million to NHS bodies Breastfeeding support – with the World Health Organization's statement that this will give babies the best nutritional experience and also improve the long-term health of mothers and their children.

Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick said, "Breastfeeding has many long and short – health benefits for both mother and baby, but we know that breastfeeding can be challenging for some mothers and babies."

"It's important that mothers do their whole breastfeeding are well supported, especially if they have difficulties. and this additional funding will help with some of the common problems that they may be facing.

"We continue to invest in activities that will normalize breastfeeding and allow mothers to feel better. Continue and support breastfeeding in public."


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