Role of different sectors in supporting mothers to breastfeed

Supporting breastfeeding is not merely the responsibility of NHS staff – staff from other sectors and organisations play an important role, as do employers in the private sector. For example, childcare staff, including childminders, can provide a welcoming environment for mothers to breastfeed; reception staff can take responsibility for ensuring that nursing mothers know that the premises are breastfeeding-friendly; and generally workplaces and staff can signpost women to information and sources of support in the local community.

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