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Law to protect breastfeeding mothers to be introduced in Northern Ireland

10 January 2017

Law to protect breastfeeding mothers to be introduced in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Health Minister Michelle O’Neill will bring forward legislation to protect mothers who breastfeed their children in a public place.  Breastfeeding rates in the north have remained static over the past number of years. Societal and cultural attitudes are important influencing factors for breastfeeding.  The Minister commented: “The reasons why women choose not to breastfeed, or stop breastfeeding, are varied and complex. We need to provide support to mothers and address the negative influences. This legislation will contribute to increasing public tolerance and acceptability of breastfeeding, as part of a range of activities to improve our breastfeeding rates.”

 

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