Maternal and Infant Nutrition (MIN)


Joanne Riach
Health Improvement Co-ordinator
Tel:  01224 558670


UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative

NHS Grampian is now fully UNICEF Baby Friendly Accredited. Baby Friendly awards are based on a set of interlinking evidence based standards for maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centres services. These are designed to provide parents with the best possible care to build close and loving relationships with their baby and to feed their baby in ways which will support optimum health and development.
For further information on the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative, see


NHS Grampian Policies

Breastfeeding is the natural and healthiest way for a woman to feed her baby and many important health benefits are known to exist for both the mother and her baby. NHS Grampian (NHSG) believes that every baby should be exclusively breast fed for a minimum of six months unless there is a medical indication that would prevent this. WHO recommends breastfeeding beyond the first year as part of a mixed diet. It also aims to promote a culture where health professionals view breastfeeding as the norm and undertakes to remove obstacles to breastfeeding. Within this culture health professionals have a responsibility to actively promote, support and protect breastfeeding, giving mothers clear and impartial evidence based information that will help them come to an informed decision about how to feed their baby. The ultimate decision on whether or not to breastfeed should remain that of the individual woman and she will be supported in her choice by all health professionals.

The NHS Grampian Infant Feeding Policy and Guidelines has been written in accordance with UNICEF Baby Friendly guidelines and is available on the *Intranet here.

NHSG recognises the benefits of breastfeeding and supports strategies and facilities in support of workplace breastfeeding for mothers during the first year of her baby’s life. The *Support for Breastfeeding Mothers Policy applies to all female employees of NHSG and to women carrying out work for, or on behalf of, NHSG.

*Please note: these policies are only available on the NHS network.

Legislation Update

The Bill for the Breastfeeding etc (Scotland) Act 2005 of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 18th November 2004 and received Royal Assent on 18th January 2005

The Act covers women breastfeeding as well as anyone feeding milk to toddlers in licensed premises, like pubs and restaurants, where children are already allowed in.


Local and National Links

NHS Grampian has a breastfeeding page on Facebook which contains local information on support groups, and is at
The feedgood website is a national website which contains many useful hints and information on breastfeeding, as well as help and support.


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