GPs urged to update breastfeeding help

More than half of all healthcare professionals are giving new mothers outdated breastfeeding advice - with GPs and paediatri-cians scoring far worse than health visitors and midwives.

According to research from Coventry University's Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions, 63 per cent of professionals interviewed thought government recommendations called for four months' exclusive breastfeeding rather than six.

Similar confusion was seen over the question of when to introduce solids.

More than half of all GPs (50.8 per cent) and slightly under half of all paediatricians (47.5 per cent) suggested a younger age than the recommended minimum of six months.

The research was carried out to test a new web-based training package, known as the Coventry University Breastfeeding Assess-ment (CUBA), designed to gauge the competence of anyone in contact with young mothers.

CUBA website; Live links at http://www.healthcarerepublic.com.

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