Eight out of ten babies in Lothian breastfed

Health board reveals progress on breastfeeding as new advice & support service launched

Friday 6th September 2019

Eight out of ten babies in the Lothian area are being breastfed and rates continue to rise, health services have said.

It comes as the health board launches a new drop-in advice and support service in Edinburgh with charity the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

Zoe Brown, Lothian breastfeeding buddies project coordinator, said: “The first few weeks can be tough for new mums and one of the things they may need help with is breastfeeding, which is a skill in itself.

“In areas where breastfeeding rates are low, it’s even more important that there is somewhere supportive and friendly for mothers to go.”

Unlike formula milk, breast milk protects babies from infections and diseases, as well as providing health benefits for the mother.

NHS staff can direct new mums to this new group or any of the 35 others in place across the region.

Volunteers from NCT can give advice and tips in a ‘relaxed and welcoming’ environment.

One volunteer said: “It’s been very exciting to be able to help new mums and the venue has been fantastic. There is plenty of room for all the mums and their babies and even space for the older kids to play.”

Nicola Tait of NHS Lothian said: “This group is a wonderful example of partnership working with NCT being funded to provide drop-in breastfeeding groups by the Scottish Government and working with NHS Lothian to identify an area of need.”