Supporting women to breastfeed

The whole of the early years workforce, along with health practitioners, have a responsibility to support women in breastfeeding their children. In addition to tailored support in early years settings, and with practitioners with an early years remit, there is a need for widespread cultural support for breastfeeding in the private and public sector, with public policy and legislation.
 
In Scotland, legislation exists (2005) to make it an offence to prevent or stop a person in charge of a child (under two years old) who is otherwise permitted to be in a public place or licensed premises from feeding milk to that child in that place or on those premises.

For a summary of legislation support for breastfeeding mothers see the Maternity Alliance website or read the Breastfeeding Act.

Evidence Summary: Public health interventions to promote maternal and child nutrition (2012)

The evidence presented here is a summary of the evidence reviewed in support of Public Health Guidance 11 “Improving the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low-income households” that was published in March 2008.

 

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