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Scottish Parliament urged to recognise NHS Grampian breastfeeding support


By Alan Beresford

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MSPs are being called on to recognise the essential and inclusive services provided by NHS Grampian Breastfeeding Support to mark the close of World Breastfeeding Week.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam has lodged a motion to the Scottish Parliament to commemorate the occasion.

NHS Grampian Breastfeeding Support has adapted its services during the Covid-19 pandemic, co-ordinating peer support groups remotely and using social media recently completing training for volunteers to become breastfeeding peer supporters, providing essential support to parents and infants in the local area.

Ms Adam said: “Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure a baby is healthy and safe, it’s also a skill that takes time to get the hang of.

"With the extraordinary demand on mothers, it’s important they are given the support they need to breastfeed their child if they decide that’s something they would like to do.

“NHS Grampian do phenomenal work providing support for parents to ensure babies receive the best start in life. That’s why I felt it necessary to highlight the work of staff and the really positive benefits breastfeeding can have on a child’s life into adulthood and beyond.

“There are lots of support groups out there, Breastfeed Grampian is a fantastic resource to get in touch with if you too would like that bit extra support to breastfeed your child.”

Her motion reads: That the parliament recognises NHS Grampian's breastfeeding support during World Breastfeeding Week for the essential and inclusive service that it provides year round to families in the area, such as coordinating peer support groups remotely and using social media during the Covid-19 pandemic, offering training to volunteers to become breastfeeding peer supporters, and promoting the Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland scheme in the local community; commends the service's continued dedication to the shared responsibility for infant health, and wishes the dedicated staff and volunteers continued success in the future."


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