DoH invests £2 million to boost breastfeeding

The DoH has announced it will spend £2 million on encouraging breastfeeding in England.

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.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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