Breastfeeding

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 14th March 2011.

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Photo of Marlyn Glen Marlyn Glen Labour

Question S3W-39609

To ask the Scottish Executive what percentage of children was exclusively breastfed at six to eight weeks in each community health partnership (CHP) area in the last year for which information is available and what the 2010-11 HEAT target is for such percentage for the NHS board in which the CHP is located.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

Exclusive breastfeeding rates at the six to eight week review by CHP area are published on the ISD Scotland website at:

http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/1914.html.

The latest available statistics are for children born in financial year 2009-10. Data is not available for NHS Grampian and NHS Orkney and the constituent CHP areas as these Boards had not implemented the Child Health Pre-School system, from which these statistics are derived, for the time period reported.

The individual NHS board HEAT targets for the percentage of children exclusively breastfed at six to eight weeks are published on the Scotland Performs website at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms/partnerstories/NHSScotlandperformance/breastfeeding.

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