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Marlyn Glen (Labour) | Question S3W-40071
To ask the Scottish Executive what resources it makes available in the (a) Dundee Community Health Partnership and (b) Angus Community Health Partnership area to develop networks for supporting mothers who breastfeed.
Shona Robison (Scottish National Party)
Funding was allocated to all health boards from 2008-11 as part of CEL 36 (2008) which aimed to improve the nutrition of women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children under five in disadvantaged areas, including increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates. It was for individual NHS boards to decide how this funding should be used throughout their area to support this work.
Total funding of £1,297,723 was allocated to NHS Tayside as part of CEL36 (2008). A proportion of this funding has been used to develop trained breastfeeding support workers to work in the most deprived areas of each Community Health Partnership, to establish a breastfeeding clinic to support women with complex breastfeeding challenges and to establish a breastfeeding café.