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New mothers ‘feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public’

5th November 2015

A new report from Public Health England has demonstrated a widespread discomfort among new mothers about breastfeeding in public.

Start4Life, Public Health England’s parenting advice service, has indicated that more than one-third of breastfeeding mothers shy away from breastfeeding in public, with 21 percent feeling others do not want them to do so.

Moreover, six in ten mothers who breastfeed take steps to hide it in public, while it was shown that although 74 percent of women start breastfeeding their children from birth, only 47 percent are still doing so six to eight weeks later.

This is despite the fact that 72 percent of people support public breastfeeding, and that it is illegal to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place.

Breast milk has been shown to protect infants from infection and disease, as well as a reduced risk of becoming overweight, or suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea. For mothers, meanwhile, breastfeeding may lower the risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.

Dr Ann Hoskins, deputy director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, said: "Breastfeeding gives babies the best start in life, and it comes with a whole host of benefits for the mother too. Anxiety about breastfeeding in public certainly shouldn't be a barrier to breastfeeding in general."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801805087-ADNFCR

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