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Maternal and Infant Nutrition

Breastfeeding offers significant health protection factors for both mums and babies.

Breastfeeding offers significant health protection factors for both mums and babies. These include reducing infections in children and lower blood pressure and reducing the risk of some cancers for mums. The National Breast Feeding Strategy is implemented through the local translation of NHS Lothian's Breast Feeding Strategy. In West Lothian the local implementation group oversees the delivery of the strategy by developing a local strategy and action plan.

 This involves:

  • challenging cultural attitudes;
  • ensuring that breastfeeding is supported by policy and practice in NHS and other workplace settings;
  • equipping staff with the knowledge and skills to facilitate and support breastfeeding
  • developing quality data collection and dissemination systems.