Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Is Breast Best?

"Fewer mothers are breastfeeding in Scotland despite years of initiatives to encourage the practice, with latest figures showing the lowest take-up for six years."

So another success for public policy in Scotland. Millions of pounds spent on educational and health campaigns, The Breastfeeding (Etc.) (Scotland) Act passed by the Scottish Parliament and yet still the rate of mothers breastfeeding falls to even lower levels than it was before they started.

No doubt the Scottish Government will redouble its efforts, spend even more money, commission even more research, pass even more legislation ... and see the breastfeeding rate fall even further. Time for a change of direction?

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