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At­ti­tudes to­wards women breast­feed­ing in pub­lic have come a long way over the decades but in some quar­ters of New Zealand so­ci­ety it is still frowned upon.

Cam­bridge La Leche leader Karen Wil­son said at­ti­tudes have been slow to change around women pub­licly breast­feed­ing, but some were feel­ing more con­fi­dent to do so.

‘‘Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern hasn’t in­di­cated whether she would breast­feed her new baby, but if she did, it could have an im­pact on those at­ti­tudes,’’ Wil­son said.

The first for­mal La Leche League meet­ing was held in the United States in 1956 by a group of med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als con­cerned only 20 per cent of women were breast­feed­ing at the time.

The league aims to of­fer mother-to-mother sup­port for breast­feed­ing and in­for­ma­tion on lac­ta­tion top­ics in­clud­ing night­time chal­lenges, get­ting out and

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