Scottish Cities

Breastfeeding trends in the 4 largest Scottish citiesBreastfeeding Scottish cities 2015

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There has been relatively little change in the exclusive breastfeeding rate since 2004/5, nationally or in Glasgow. In the most recent period (2014/15), 26% of mothers in Glasgow were reported to be exclusively breastfeeding at the 6-8 week review.

In Aberdeen, exclusive breastfeeding rates at the 6-8 week review have risen by 9% since measurements began in 2010/11.


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. Glasgow specific analyses were undertaken locally; the analysis by local authority has been provided by the Information Statistics Division (ISD).  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

Figures for Glasgow by Deprivation and Glasgow by Neighbourhood are provided by Information Services, NHSGG&C and are produced using the same methodology as the ISD report (there may be small differences due to using data from live systems at different times)

The figures shown here differ slightly from those used in performance reporting. In performance reporting, those with missing data are not included in the denominator, which is likely to result in a slight overestimate of true breastfeeding rates. For the analyses presented here, those with missing data have been included in the denominator, which is likely to result in a slight underestimate of true breastfeeding rates.

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