Ex­perts call for a change in at­ti­tudes to­wards breast­feed­ing

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland - By CATRIONA WEB­STER

0 At­ti­tudes to breast­feed­ing in pub­lic have been flagged up as an is­sue for new moth­ers

Mary Ren­frew, pro­fes­sor of mother and in­fant health at the Uni­ver­sity of Dundee, said: “Na­tional Breast­feed­ing Week is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on whether we are all do­ing enough to en­able women to breast­feed and what we could do bet­ter.

“A new way of en­abling breast­feed­ing is needed - one that tack­les the so­ci­etal bar­ri­ers that in­di­vid­ual women can­not tackle alone and cre­ates a shift in the pre­vail­ing cul­ture and at­ti­tudes to breast­feed­ing.

“This should be put in place in a planned and co-or­di­nated way by de­ci­sion-mak­ers with fund­ing, in­flu­ence, author­ity and ac­count­abil­ity rather than re­ly­ing on women’s own de­ter­mi­na­tion, the mo­ti­va­tion of health pro­fes­sion­als and the work of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions alone.”

Pub­lic Health Min­is­ter Aileen Campbell said: “Breast­feed­ing is an im­por­tant pub­lic health is­sue.

“We need to re­move the bar­ri­ers that cause neg­a­tiv­ity to­wards breast­feed­ing, and to pro­mote it as a nat­u­ral and healthy ac­tiv­ity for moth­ers and in­fants.”

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