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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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