Infant Feeding

Infant feeding statistics capture important aspects of nutrition at the First Visit and 6-8 week review. Data are presented by: NHS health board, council area, maternal age, deprivation and maternal smoking status.

A full publication report and technical report are available. All publications and supporting material to this topic area can be found on the ISD Scotland - Child Health Website.

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Additional Info

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Source Child Health Systems Programme Pre-School (CHSP PreSchool); Scottish Immunisations Call & Recall System (SIRS); National Records of Scotland Birth records.
Author PHS Child Health Team
Version 1.0
Last Updated November 1, 2022, 14:58 (GMT)
Created July 11, 2018, 14:33 (BST)
Contact Address PHS Child Health Team, Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, 1 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh
Subject Child Health
Frequency Annual
Time frame of data and timeliness Includes children becoming eligible for review up to 31 March 2020. No delays between data availability and processing of data for publication.
Coverage The target population these statistics aim to cover is all babies born in Scotland each year.
Completeness See the technical report (
Accuracy This is an established data collection which covers a very high proportion of the target population. These data are a reliable indicator of infant feeding rates in Scotland and are broadly comparable with data from other sources.
Continuity of data In the annual publication released in October 2011, a new methodology was implemented to improve the accuracy of breastfeeding statistics by NHS Board, CHP and deprivation. The revision did not affect the overall interpretation or conclusions to be drawn from previously published data.
Concepts and definitions See the technical report (
Disclosure The PHS protocol on Statistical Disclosure Protocol is followed.
Revision statement The data is from the latest extract from CHSP-PS which is a dynamic system, with ongoing updating of records. Data for the previous financial year are updated in the next release though any updates are expected to be minor.
Official statistics designation National Statistics
Relevance and key uses of the statistics Making information publicly available for planning, epidemiology, provision of services and providing comparative information.
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Language English

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