This week marks the 25th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) today published new guidance, giving practical advice on how long women should consider breastfeeding. The RCPCH is calling for a collective, long-term plan to change the culture of breastfeeding involving educating children at school, families and the wider public. RCPCH President, Professor Neena Modi, said:
“With the right support and guidance, the vast majority of women should be able to breastfeed. But although it’s natural, it doesn’t always come naturally. Some mothers cannot, or choose not to, breastfeed and this also needs to be respected. What society must get better at is removing the multiple barriers which can stand in the way of breastfeeding.
In 2013/4 IPH completed an extensive review of the implementation of breastfeeding policy in the Republic of Ireland which informed the direction of Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland - Health Service Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 – 2021.
IPH is currently preparing a report on breastfeeding rates in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland which will be published later this year.
For more information on IPH work on breastfeeding, click here.