Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland: report

Scotland's results and the key recommendations for the continued protection, promotion and support for breastfeeding.

The BBF Scotland committee

Scotland Lead and Co-chair: Linda Wolfson: Scottish Government Breastfeeding Programme Lead

BBF GB Principal Investigator and Co-chair: Prof Sally Kendall University of Kent, Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS), University of Kent

BBF Scotland Committee membership:

  • Prof Alison McFadden: Director of Mother and Infant Research Unit, University of Dundee
  • Anne Evans: Community Infant Feeding Adviser, NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde
  • Anne Marie Bruce: Infant feeding Development Midwife, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Anne Tainsh: Professional Lead for Scotland, Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Carolyn Wilson: Team Leader, Supporting Maternal and Child Wellbeing, Scottish Government
  • Cheryl Bell: Head of Parental Audience Marketing, Scottish Government
  • Debbie Barnett: Donor Milk Bank Coordinator/ Infant Feeding Advisor (Neonatal), Donor Milk Bank Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
  • Gillian Bowker: Neonatal Infant Feeding Adviser, NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde
  • Janet Dalzell: Infant Nutrition Coordinator, NHS Tayside
  • Julie Muir: Policy Manager, Supporting Maternal and Child Wellbeing, Scottish Government
  • Dr Liz Smith: Community Infant Feeding Nurse, NHS Ayrshire & Arran
  • Karen Mackay: Senior Health Improvement Specialist (Infant Feeding Advisor), Public Health Directorate and NHS Highland
  • Karla Napier: Lactation Consultant and La Leche League Leader, La Leche League
  • Mary Ross Davie: Country Director, Royal College of Midwives, Scotland
  • Michelle Longman: National Childbirth Trust
  • Odette Burgess: Senior Policy Manager, Improving Health and Wellbeing, Scottish Government
  • Pauline Craig: NHS Health Scotland
  • Ruth Flynn: Health Improvement Manager, NHS Health Scotland
  • Dr Samantha Ross: GP Glasgow; GP Infant Feeding Network
  • Sarah Edwards: Training Development Manager and Programme Manager (Scotland), The Breastfeeding Network (BfN)
  • Dr Sarah McMullen: Head of Knowledge, National Childbirth Trust
  • Susanne Brunton: Principal Information Analyst, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Shelagh Considine: Senior Marketing Manager, Scottish Government
  • Tamsyn Eida: Research Assistant, CHSS, University of Kent


We would like to extend our thanks to the following individuals and organisations who have generously contributed their time and expertise to the BBF process through interviews and extensive feedback.

  • Dr Alison Spiro, Specialist Health Visitor and member of the UK World Breastfeeding Trends Steering Group; Institute of Health Visiting
  • Debbie Wade, Midwife/Infant Feeding Coordinator, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Eden Anderson, Chair of Council of Directors, La Leche League GB
  • Emma Pickett, Chair, Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Prof Fiona Dykes, Professor of Maternal and Infant Health, University of Central Lancashire
  • Francesca Entwhistle, Professional Officer - Policy and Advocacy, Unicef UK
  • Georgina Finch, Policy Advisor, Food Standards Scotland
  • Dr Helen Crawley, Director, First Steps Nutrition Trust
  • Dr Helen Duncan, Programme Director, National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England
  • Helen Gray, Joint Coordinator, World Breastfeeding Trends initiative UK
  • Karen Thompson, Consultant in Public Health, Health Improvement Division, Public Health Wales
  • Patti Rundall, Policy Director, Baby Milk Action
  • Rosalind Bragg, Director, Maternity Action
  • Dr Ruth Johnson, GP Infant Feeding Network
  • Shereen Fisher, Chief Executive, The Breastfeeding Network
  • Wendy Nicholson, National lead nurse, Public Health England
  • Zoe Faulkner, Coordinator LCGB: Lactation Consultants of Great Britain



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