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From Bump to Breastfeeding DVD Briefing Paper.

From Bump to Breastfeeding DVD Briefing Paper.  (1BAB/022/x)

A decision has been made to move to universal promotion of online information and video clips and a more targeted distribution of the DVD.

The ‘From Bump to Breastfeeding’ DVD is currently included in the Early Years Information Pathway for distribution by a Midwife or Family Nurse at 22-25 weeks.  There is also reference to the resource in the Universal Health Visiting Pathway at 32-34 pre-birth contact, for a health professional to signpost to it. The video content is designed to enable mothers to make a supported choice to breastfeed. 

Online information can be accessed on the FeedGood website to help families make an informed choice on a range of feeding topics and includes several video clips. The full set of DVD video clips are also available online at the Best Beginnings website:

The information can also be found in the Ready Steady Baby! print guide.

Consultation with 12 local NHS Boards through the Scottish Infant Feeding Advisor Network (SIFAN) during 2015-16 (unpublished report available upon request), revealed limited use of the DVD by parents and a number of issues with awareness and distribution of the resource.  In response to this, and as part of establishing more efficient ways of distributing resources, the Redesigning Health Information for Parents (ReHIP) Project Board decided to limit availability of the DVD to cover targeted rather than universal distribution across Scotland, and encourage access to the on-line video clips and information.  This is consistent with the Scottish Government’s ‘Digital First’ Strategy, whilst ensuring access to hard copies remain for those who need them.  We plan to recommend that the Universal Health Visiting Pathway is amended accordingly.

NHS Health Scotland therefore request all NHS Boards to:

  • Promote the on-line content during consultations with expectant and new mums

  • Distribute the DVD to pregnant women who are considered by a health professional to have literacy issues, or would benefit from receiving the information in an audio/visual format or alternative language

  • Distribute the DVD to pregnant women assessed by a health professional as having limited digital access/data allowance and/or limited smartphone or computer access

  • Use the video content as a training and awareness raising tool in group and 1:1 sessions with pregnant women.

The above request should be implemented with immediate effect.

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The Food, Mood and Health Game

The Food, Mood and Health Game  (1FOO/017/G)

Talking about nutrition, food and health is vital to help young people and adults develop sensible healthy attitudes and behaviours.  This game is a fun, hands on group learning tool which provides an informal context for exploring some difficult food topics.  For teachers of P7 upwards and facilitators of adult groups looking at food, health and weight.   Lesson plans can be downloaded from . Game duration is approximately 30 - 60 minutes.

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What's New


All NHS Health Scotland alcohol materials continue to be under embargo until the Scottish Government's changes are finalised.  The crux of the matter surrounds the wording about the number of alcohol free days per week that is recommended.  It is looking likely that they will have to replace all the current alcohol materials and arrange printing of new supplies.  NHS Health Scotland will keep us updated and hopefully an agreement can be reached before the end of 2016.


The Health Information and Resources Service will be closed for the festive holidays between Monday, 26 December 2016 to Friday, 6 January 2017 (inclusive).



NHS Highland's Health Information and Resources Service (HIRS) is available for professionals, students and the general public working or living within NHS Highland's geographical area and Argyll and Bute council areas.  To borrow resources and order materials, you need to register with HIRS by completing the online registration form found at the top left of this page under the Login Box and select the Register here link. Visitors to our website are welcome to browse our website and download our range of leaflet and poster pdfs.



Please note:  A&B registered clients are not permitted to borrow returnable resources e.g. training packs, models, games, equipment etc but they can order leaflets, booklets, wheels, stickers, cups, postcards, non returnable DVDs and posters.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.