Scottish Cities

Breastfeeding trends in the 4 largest Scottish cities
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There was relatively little change in the exclusive breastfeeding rate from 2004/5 to 2014/15, nationally and in Glasgow. From 2014/15 to the most recent period 2018/19, the rates of exclusive breastfeeding increased in Scotland and all the Scottish cities.

In the most recent period, 2018/19, 31% of mothers in Glasgow were reported to be exclusively breastfeeding at the 6-8 week review. Edinburgh had considerably higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding throughout the time period, increasing to 50% in 2018/19.


All babies are offered a health review approximately six to eight weeks following their birth. The Health Visitor notes whether the baby is still being exclusively breastfed, bottle fed formula or a mixture of both. The status is recorded in the Child Health Surveillance Programme, Pre-School.The figures shown are for those exclusively breastfed at the time of the visit.

Visits for which the status has not been recorded or known have been included in the denominator. These are a subset of data from the annual ISD report Breastfeeding Statistics 2014/15 (published 27/10/2015). The report can be found on the ISD website as follows: Full details on data sources, methods and definitions can be found in the report.

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