The extra funding will help improve the UK's breastfeeding rate - among the lowest in Europe - and in particular help mothers in deprived areas.
The government hopes to monitor the prevalence of breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks in all PCTs as a key indicator of child health. Community services will be funded to help promote breastfeeding.
Health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘By international standards not enough women breastfeed in England. This money will help more mums - particularly those in more deprived areas - to breastfeed and to do so for longer.
‘We want to ensure women know the importance of breastfeeding and the benefits to themselves and their baby.'
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