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The Scotsman - - Around Scotland -

Health ex­perts have united to call for a cul­ture change in at­ti­tudes to breast­feed­ing in Scot­land.

More than 30 spe­cial­ists in neona­tal care, mother and in­fant health and nu­tri­tion have signed a state­ment back­ing more sup­port for women to help them breast­feed.

The state­ment has been is­sued to co­in­cide with the start of Na­tional Breast­feed­ing in Scot­land Week.

It iden­ti­fies is­sues fac­ing some new moth­ers, in­clud­ing lim­ited ac­cess to fam­ily or com­mu­nity sup­port, at­ti­tudes to breast­feed­ing in pub­lic and ex­po­sure to “mis­lead­ing” ad­ver­tis­ing of for­mula milk.

The sig­na­to­ries ad­vo­cate mea­sures in­clud­ing bet­ter sup­port for all women, high­qual­ity train­ing for health pro­fes­sion­als and pro­vid­ing age-ap­pro­pri­ate ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren about breast­feed­ing.

“Na­tional Breast­feed­ing Week is an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on whether we are all do­ing enough to en­able women to breast­feed”

MARY REN­FREW

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