Lindsay calls for high quality breastfeeding support to reduce health inequalities.
Responding to the publication of the Scottish Maternal and Infant Nutrition Survey 2017, which reveals that women from deprived backgrounds are the least likely to breastfeed, Liberal Democrat equalities spokesperson Caron Lindsay, who was a breastfeeding counsellor, said:
“It’s fantastic to see the numbers of women interested in breastfeeding are on the rise, but it’s troubling that levels of deprivation continue to play a role in dictating their choice.
“I got involved in breastfeeding support after being helped by a skilled counsellor when my baby and I hit trouble. It's incredibly important that all women who choose to breastfeed have access to high quality information and support. Ante-natal breastfeeding classes can also make a difference along with peer support. We know that breastfeeding helps reduce long term health inequalities so it is vital that this high quality support is provided.”